To help us imagine a female-led future, BBC has released its list of the 100 most inspirational and influential women from around the world.
Human rights lawyer Jalila Haider is the only Pakistani to make it to the prestigious list.
Founder of a non-profit organisation We The Human, Hider has specialized in defending women’s rights and provides free legal services to poor women. Her NGO works with local communities to bring relief to women and children.
She is also the first Hazara female lawyer of the country. In 2018, she went on a hunger strike, protesting the lack of protection for her community members.
“Looking back at the past leads to the realisation that the entire politics of conflict, war and destruction is interconnected with patriarchy. It is time the world should accept the future as female; [women] are the symbol of peace, fertility, creation and coexistence. Let the women lead,” says Haider on the BBC’s website.
Jalila took to Twitter and shared the news with her followers.
Haider also congratulated Parveena Ahanger, a human rights activist in Indian-administered Kashmir and the founder of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP).