Swat activist Tabassum Adnan won 2016 Nelson Mandela Award

Apr 30, 2016 10:08 IST


Tabassum Adnan, a women’s rights activist from Swat valley of Pakistan, on 28 April 2016 won the prestigious Mandela - Graça Machel Innovation Award 2016 in Bogota, Colombia.

She won the award for the individual activist category on the concluding day of the International Civil Society Week held from 25 April to 28 April 2016.

A victim of child marriage, Tabassum Adnan was married at the age of 13. The marriage which was marked by frequent domestic abuse, ended after 20 years when she gathered the courage to divorce her abusive husband.

She is the founder of Khwendo Jirga (Sister's Council), the first women-only jirga in Pakistan. The council meets weekly to address issues of women's right, including honour killings, and acid attacks.

The jirga campaigns for women in Swat Valley, including issues related to women's security and their voting rights.

In March 2015, Adnan, from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, was awarded the International Women of Courage award in the US.

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