Zahra Haider is a Pakistani-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. She works primarily as a writer, activist, and, occasionally, a stand-up comedian. Her work explores issues of identity, classism, gendered violence, and women’s trauma in South Asia, with a focus on Pakistan. Intersectionality is essential to her work, as it is while navigating a post-colonial world of whiteness as a brown femme. She has written for and appeared on VICE, BBC World, Dawn News, Times of India, Bustle,, and more.

Currently, Zahra is the co-organizer of the Azadzenana (our translation: ‘free the feminine’) campaign. The campaign is based in Toronto and demands systemic reform strategies regarding Pakistan’s rape and sexual violence crisis. Read more here.