Pakistan’s Justice Ayesha Malik named among BBC’s 100 most influential Women of 2022
Justice Ayesha Malik, the first female judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan, has been named among the ‘100 Most Influential and Inspiring Women’ of 2022 by BBC.
The list of 100 most influential and inspiring women in the world for 2022 has been released by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Wednesday.
“Alongside her role on the Supreme Court, Malik also conducts training for judges around the world and has inaugurated conferences for women judges in Pakistan, encouraging the debate around including the gender perspective in the justice system,” BBC wrote while praising the female Judge.
In a talk with BBC, Justice Ayesha Malik said: “Women must build a new narrative – one that includes their perspective, shares their experience, and includes their stories.”
Earlier this year, a 56-year-old, Justice Ayesha Malik, made history by taking oath as the first female judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Justice Ayesha Malik was sworn in by the then Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed.
During a discussion in judicial and legal circles, Retd CJP Gulzar Ahmed said that “no one can take credit for the appointment of Justice Ayesha Malik as she earned this on merit.”
Her elevation to the apex court, however, gained immense appreciation from politicians, women rights activists and netizens in the country and abroad following her landmark judgements including the highly-lauded ban on the two-finger virginity test for victims of sexual assault which was outlawed in 2021.
Justice Ayesha completed her education from schools in Paris, New York, and London, while she did her bachelor’s from Karachi’s Government College of Commerce & Economics and LLB from the Pakistan College of Law, Lahore.
For her LLM, the Justice Ayesha went to Harvard Law School and was named a Landon H. Gammon Fellow for academic excellence.