Dr Bari was one of the pioneers and first academic and administrative head of the Centre of Excellence in Gender Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. For many years she has been actively involved in campaigning and raising awareness about gender issues in Pakistan, along with being involved in various groups and movements working for human rights and social justice. She is the founding member of Women Action Forum and Pattan Development Organization, a rural based NGO. She has written extensively on social development, gender and governance and violence against women’s issues. She writes regularly on women’s issues in the local newspapers.