Aleena Khan is a program analyst for USIP’s office in Islamabad, Pakistan. Her role entails the development and oversight of meaningful collaborations with think tanks, civil society organizations, social start-ups, human rights activists, peace and security experts, and youth networks that are working towards building a more inclusive Pakistan.

Khan joined USIP after working for three years in research, advocacy, and community engagement at Alif Ailaan, a political advocacy campaign for education reforms in Pakistan. As community engagement manager, she led a team of 42 education champions who spearheaded education campaigns in 155 national constituencies during Pakistan’s 2018 general elections. Khan’s key research interests include education, gender, technology, governance, and democracy.

Khan has a degree in public administration from the National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad. Her notable contributions in research include the Pakistan District Education Rankings 2016 Report, which was published by Alif Ailaan and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute.

Publications By Aleena

Pakistan: A Rising Women’s Movement Confronts a New Backlash

Pakistan: A Rising Women’s Movement Confronts a New Backlash

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

By: Aleena Khan

Thousands of women rallied across Pakistan on International Women’s Day this year and demanded an end to violence against women and gender minorities. In the days since, Pakistan’s Taliban movement has escalated the threats facing the women who marched. Opponents of women’s rights doctored a video of the rally to suggest that the women had committed blasphemy—an accusation that has been frequently weaponized against minorities in Pakistan and has resulted in vigilantes killing those who are targeted.

Type: Analysis and Commentary


How to Handle Pakistan’s Corporal Punishment Problem

How to Handle Pakistan’s Corporal Punishment Problem

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

By: Aleena Khan; Emily Ashbridge

Shameen, a ninth grade teacher in a low-cost private school in Islamabad, frequently turns around from the whiteboard to shout at the children for slouching and making noise. “Why are you smiling? Sit properly!” she calls out to one of the students. Holding a stick wrapped in tape, she asks students to open their hands and then smacks their palms several times whenever they fail to answer her questions correctly. This is an all too common scene from an average school in Pakistan—and sometimes it can be much worse.

Type: Blog

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