In the run up to International Women’s day we want to continue to celebrate successful women. This week we have chosen journalist and women rights activist Najma Sadeque, who recently passed away.

Sadeque was born in Pakistan, where she lived all her life. She was a journalist for more than 25 years, working for The Dawn Group of Newspapers and the News International first as a daily editor and subsequently as a freelancer.

She also wrote books and reports on Pakistan and edited the English translation of the Quran.

In 1975 she co-founded Shirvat Gah, an organization aimed at empowering women in Pakistan. She worked for it for the rest of her life while continuing to write articles on human rights, gender issues and the environment.


In 1981 she founded the Women’s Action Forum, an umbrella of several women’s organisations, which became a national point of reference for women rights in Pakistan.

She passed away on 9 February of this year due to kidney failure.

To find out more about Najima Sadeque and read some of her most recent work click here:

You can also check Shirvat Gah’s and the Women’s Action Forum’s websites:

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