Rukhshanda has been an activist in the Pakistani women’s movement since the early 1990s. A lawyer by profession, she has worked with a number of NGOs on issues of violence against women and children and on women’s empowerment programs. She served one of the country’s leading civil society organizations for women’s rights, Aurat Foundation, as Resident Director from May 1993-May 2008. Her last formal job was as head of UN Women Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa/Federally Administered Tribal Areas division. Her quest for knowledge does not end with one degree as she obtained her LLM from Coventry University.