ASR is one of a few Feminist publishers in South Asia and certainly the only sustained and diverse one in Pakistan. As an alternative publisher, ASR provided space for those writers who would not normally find a publisher and published much of its own training material, research reports and other writings by ASR members itself.

ASR opened an avenue for creative and academic writers to get their works published. At the same time ASR sought to work towards encouraging Pakistanis to write and to publish in Pakistan, in order to increase the body of knowledge within the country and to expose the works of Pakistani writers living outside of Pakistan.