Born in Lahore on January 27, 1952, Asma Jahangir is a leading Pakistani lawyer and Human Rights activist who is a strong supporter of women’s rights in Pakistan and a testament to the abilities of women. She has many admirers and followers and she is active on social networks through her Twitter account which is twitter.com/Asma_Jahangir.
Asma Jahangir was born in a wealthy and politically active family. She inherits her strong character form her parents who were also outspoken against corruption and human rights violations and endured hardships for voicing their views against dictators and powerful people. Asma Jahangir completed B.A from Kinniard college Lahore and LL from Punjab University. She also holds an honorary doctorate from University of St.Gallen Switzerland, Queens University Canada and Cornell University.
Asma Jahangir has spent her life defending the rights of women and religious minorities. She is a founding member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Women’s Action Forum. She has served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief from 2004 to 2010.
Her work has earned her notable awards such as the Martin Ennals Award, the Four Freedoms Award granted for her work on Freedom of Worship in 2010 and the Hilal e Imtiaz. She is currently the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association.