Pioneering Lawyer and Human Rights Defender
As an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Hina has conducted many landmark cases setting new human rights standards in the country. She created Pakistan’s first all-women law firm and co-founded Pakistan’s first legal aid centre. She also founded its national Human Rights Commission and the Women’s Action Forum, a prominent pressure group at the heart of Pakistan’s democracy movement. She was the first Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Human Rights Defenders from 2000 to 2008. Hina Jilani is a member of The Elders and currently serves as President of the World Organisation Against Torture, co-chair of the World Refugee Council and co-chair of the International Task Force on Justice.