Asma Jahangir is the chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and formed the Women’s Action Fund of Pakistan, which has campaigned for women’s rights for decades. She has defended women who have been prosecuted under rape laws in courts and started the first free legal aid center in Pakistan. Jahangir has served as the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief and as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan, and has investigated government abuses ranging from forced disappearances to extrajudicial killings. Jahangir has dedicated her career to defending the rights of women, minorities, and children from religious extremism, honor killings, and blasphemy laws.
Jahangir earned her B.A. from Kinnaird College in Lahore and her law degree in 1978, and then earned her LL.B. from Punjab University.
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