UN: HRC appoints Farida Shaheed as Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights
She has written extensively on issues of citizenship and culture, including recent works such as “Citizenship and the nuanced belonging of women” (2007) and Gender, Religion and the Quest for Justice in Pakistan (UNRISD: 2009). Furthermore, she is a founder member of the national women’s lobby, Women’s Action Forum that spearheaded the movement for women's equality during a decade of martial law (1977-88) in Pakistan.
Ms. Shaheed has always worked on the principle that legal consciousness enables people to make informed choices within the existing range of options (including laws, customs and institutions), empowering them to challenge and redefine these. As Director of Research at Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre in Pakistan, she was responsible for the Centre’s Women Law & Status Programme (WLS), which builds the capacity of women at the grassroots for policy advocacy.
The WLUML network stands ready to support Ms. Shaheed in the shaping of this new, and timely mandate on culture and human rights.
Source: WLUML Networkers
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