FEZANA (Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America) will participate in the 64th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conference to be held in March 2020 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. Marking the 25th anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women in 1995, this year, the theme will focus on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on “the most progressive blueprint for advancing women’s rights.” The FEZANA team represents individuals from USA, Canada, Pakistan and New Zealand:
Ferzeen Dadabhoy (Auckland, New Zealand): An analyst by profession, Ferzeen is passionate about giving back to the community and raising awareness on the work done by various NGOs. She assists in creating fundraisers and looks to support NGOs that work with kids.
Miraal Mavalvala (Pakistan/Canada): Pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health at McGill University, Miraal has worked with numerous organizations in the areas of Maternal and Child Health, as also Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Sanaya Master (New Zealand/Canada): is credited with having conceptualized and organized the first World Zoroastrian Youth Leaders Forum at the ASHA Centre in March 2018. She’s been a speaker at global and local Zoroastrian events. Earlier this year, in August, she attended the 68th UN Civil Society Conference in Utah and has twice been Guest Editor of FEZANA Journal.
Shirin Mehri (Karachi, Pakistan): Shirin’s passion for an equitable educational and social landscape has seen her successfully complete academic projects in UAE, Tanzania, Azerbaijan and USA. She leads a project on family-friendly workplaces in Pakistan focusing on availability of childcare services.
Afreed Mistry (Toronto, Canada): FEZANA’s main rep to the UN, Afreed is also the Co-Chair of the FEZANA UN-NGO Committee. She has attended seven Commissions on the Status of Women conferences and 1 UN DPI NGO Conference.
Behram Pastakia, MD, FACR (Washington DC, USA): Chair of the Zarathushti Youth Without Borders initiative of FEZANA, and Co-Chair of its UN – NGO Committee, practicing radiologist Behram, from Washington DC. He is part of RAD-AID International NGO which promotes health care in low resource countries, through education, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Founded in 1987, FEZANA serves as the coordinating body for 26 Zoroastrian member associations and 15 corresponding groups throughout the United States and Canada. The Federation promotes the study, understanding and practice of the Zoroastrian faith, represents the interests of its member associations, and carries out philanthropic and charitable activities worldwide.