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Pakistani journalist and activist Humaira Shahid in London

Pakistani journalist and activist Humaira Shahid in London © Jessica Abrahams

It’s impossible not to be impressed by Humaira Awais Shahid. Raised in Kuwait but a long-time resident of Lahore, this Pakistani journalist has pushed her fierce advocacy of women’s rights through the media and parliament, in a country not always welcoming of the idea. Hearing her speak on issues of inequality—both gender-based and otherwise—she is eloquent and emotive.

Shahid has spent her career working to put women’s rights issues on the agenda in Pakistan. When she took on…

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