Advocate Jalila Haider has won the distinguished Justitia Award in Vienna on Friday, September 15.
The Justitia Awards are presented to women in law in one of three categories: international leaders / lifetime awards; academia; game changers / pioneers / young achievers.
Jalila Haider is a human rights attorney and a political activist from Quetta and the first female attorney of the local Hazara community.
She is the founder of We the Humans – Pakistan which works towards the empowerment of local communities in Balochistan by creating opportunities for women and children.
The advocate also heads the Balochistan chapter of the Lahore based organisation Women In Law ‘Women In Law Initiative Pakistan’. It works for equality of opportunity and connectivity of female lawyers in Pakistan.
Among many other achievements, Haider was selected as one of ‘News Women Power 50’ list of Pakistan’s most influential and powerful women in 2015.
In 2014, she was selected as an Atlantic Council Emerging Leaders of Pakistan Fellow.
She is not the only Pakistani lawyer to have won this prestigious award.
In 2021, Nida Usman Chaudhary won the Justitia Award, becoming the first Pakistani woman to be granted the honour.