Federal Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights
Ms Rabiya Javeri Agha
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CAREER PROFILE OF RABIYA JAVERI AGHA
Ms. Rabiya Javeri Agha (BPS-22) is one of the senior most female officers of the Pakistan Administrative Service, Government of Pakistan. A graduate in Politics and Literature from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts USA, she entered the civil service in 1986.
Ms. Agha has served the Government in several capacities. In her judicial assignments she was both ‘first class’ and juvenile magistrate. She has worked as Director General, Federal Ombudsman, Secretary Local Government Board, and Financial Advisor to the Mayor and City of Karachi from 1998 to 2000.
As Secretary Women’s Development Department, she was instrumental in initiating free legal aid facilities for indigent women and for the set up of women’s shelters throughout Sindh. Prior to this, Ms. Rabiya also served as Secretary, Energy, Secretary Tourism, and Special Secretary to the Governor of Sindh.
During her posting as Federal Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights, Rabiya was responsible for promulgation of the National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill 2017 and the Hindu marriage Act 2017. Currently her Ministry has also drafted Bill on the ICT Child Protection Bill, and Juvenile Justice Ordinance System 2017 which have been passed by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights. Rabiya has presented and defended Pakistan at the United Nations’ review on Convention against Torture, International Convention for Civil & Political Rights (ICCPR) International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Universal Periodic Report (UPR). Due to strong initiatives by the Ministry of Human Rights, Pakistan was recently elected to the UN Council of Human Rights which is a great achievement for the country.
Prior to her posting in the Ministry of Human Rights, Rabiya Javeri Agha was Secretary of the Trade Development Authority (TDAP), responsible for trade marketing & facilitation as well as trade policy formulation. At TDAP, she was instrumental in framing TDAP HR & Financial Rules after a lapse of 9 years. Ms. Agha also undertook a complete restructure of TDAP offices and developed strong national brands such as “Aalishan Pakistan’ and “TEXPO Pakistan’. She is recipient of FPCCI gold medal conferred by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in acknowledgement of her organization’s outstanding performance in EXPO Pakistan.
Before joining the civil service, she worked as a full-time journalist with the Dawn Group of Newspapers and has published over 300 articles on social and cultural issues. She has attended several courses in Management and Public policy, as well as courses on Conservation and Sustainable Tourism. She is a certified mediator from CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution), UK.
Rabiya is on the Board of several organizations and charities she is married to Agha Jan Akhtar, also a senior career bureaucrat, currently posted as Chairman Port Qasim Authority. They are the proud parents of four sons.