Remember the people who make rights meaningful.
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"Human rights are not embodied and protected by declarations, conventions or pieces of legislation; they are embodied and protected by people."
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is a lawyer and human rights activist based in Pakistan.
In 1980, Jilani founded the Women’s Action Forum
, a pressure group within Pakistan that is supportive of all aspects of women's rights and related issues, irrespective of political affiliations, belief system, or ethnicity. “Pakistanis who were hitherto unaware of the issues addressed by these women were awakened, and the unquestioned authority of fundamentalists on religion became doubtful.”
Jilani is also a member of The Elders
, an independent group of global leaders originally brought together in 2007 by Nelson Mandela. Their goal is to “represent an independent voice, not bound by the interests of any nation, government or institution”. They advocate to bring attention to neglected issues using their collective influence on the world stage to generate media coverage and political attention. Their work has included supporting local initiatives working for reconciliation and peace to heal the division between Greek and Turkish Cypriots
“If we do not do what we do, there is absolutely no other force that will draw people's attention, and therefore there will be no collective effort at the public level to stop what is going wrong.”
Recently, Jilani visited Australia and partook in an interview
with the ABC Law Report in which she discussed the challenges she has faced over her long and varied career and her drive to continue what she has been doing.
Jilani was awarded the Millennium Peace Prize for Women in 2001
(the first year it was ever awarded) and continues to practice law in Pakistan and advocate strongly for women’s rights around the world. “Activism is not a drug. It is a choice that is consciously made.”