Yesterday,UN Human Rights Prize for 2018- ceremony was held at New York. Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir wins the prestigious UN Human Rights Prize for 2018. She is also remembered as a champion of the disenfranchised and for her services towards building a democratic and more inclusive Pakistan.
Other prize winners included women’s rights activist in Tanzania, Rebeca Gyumi;activist for the rights of indigenous Brazilian communities Joenia Wapichana and Ireland’s human rights organisation Front Line Defenders.
Asma Jahangir died in February, was known for her outspoken nature. She was a lawyer and human rights activist. Her daughter Munizae Jahangir received this prestigious award on behalf of her mother.
We all knew that-this award is given to individuals and organisations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights. Asma Jahangir was announced as one of the four winners of the quinquennial prize in October. Receiving the award forher late mother, Munizae Jahangir dedicated this award to- Pakistani women and their courage.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter and Malala Yousafzai-were popular personalities, who also won this prestigious award.
Asma Jahangir became the fourth Pakistani woman to be awarded the UN Human Rights Prize. Before her, Begum Ra’Ana Liaquat Ali Khan (1978), Benazir Bhutto (2008)and Malala Yousufzai (2013) had been accorded the honour.