Woman From Hazara Makes It To BBC’s ‘100 Women of 2019’

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has included Jalila Haider, a Hazara woman from Quetta, Pakistan, in its ‘100 Women of 2019’ list.


Jalila, a human rights lawyer, actively working for women’s rights in Pakistan, offers free legal services to needy women across the country.

She is running a non-profit organization called ‘We the Humans,’ which provides the struggling women and children of her community with opportunities.

BBC has enlisted her as the ‘first woman lawyer from the Hazara community.’ Jalila attracted media attention in 2018 when she went on a hunger strike demanding protection for her people. She is a prominent voice against Hazara killings and raised her voice for missing persons in Balochistan.

Being counted among the top 100 women from all over the world was a moment of profound joy for the 28-year-old activist.

She expressed her emotions on Twitter:

She also congratulated the leading human rights activist from the Indian Occupied Kashmir, Parveen Ahanger, for making it to the BBC’s list.


Among other prominent names on the list are Precious Adams from the United States, Jasmine Akter from the Rohingya community, and Zarifa Ghafari, the first female Town Mayor from Afghanistan.

You can watch the complete 100 Women of 2019 list here.


  • Pakistani human rights lawyer Jalila Haider defends women’s rights in her home country and provides pro bono work for women in poverty.

    Her nonprofit group We the Humans works in local communities to provide “opportunities for vulnerable women and children.”

    The BBC noted that she is the first female lawyer from the persecuted Hazara community. In 2018, she went on hunger strike to demand protection for her people.
    Congratulation…Jalila Haider

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