Pakistan human rights lawyer featured in BBC’s ‘100 Women’ list 2019


Jalila Haider, a Hazara human rights lawyer, made it to BBC’s 100 women of 2019 list on Wednesday.

Haider, who is the founder of “We the Humans”, a not-for-profit organisation, is working for the protection of women’s rights in Pakistan and provides free legal services to women belonging to low-income strata across the country.

In addition, she is also working with local communities to provide advancement opportunities to economically vulnerable women and children.

According to the BBC, in 2018, Haider went on a hunger strike as she demanded the “protection of fundamental rights” of the Hazara community.

Taking to Twitter, Haider said it was an “honor for her to represent Pakistan”.

“Wow, this is an honor for me that I am among the @BBC100women list 2019 from Pakistan. I want to congratulate Parveen Ahanger @_APDP also to be among the list. More power to the brave women of Kashmir,” she wrote.

An occupied Kashmir based activist, Parveena Ahanger, the founder of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, also made it to the list.