We are gathering to celebrate and remember our dear friend and comrade, our hero Asma Jahangir:
Saturday Feb 17, 2018, 4-6 pm
Wiener Auditorium, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School.
Address: 79 JFK St., Cambridge, 02138 (Directions at: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/more/about-us/maps-directions)
Fierce upholder of the democratic political process and rule of law, Asma Jahangir defended the rights of women, children and religious and ethnic minorities, workers, peasants and journalists, not just as a lawyer in Pakistan but in her capacity as a UN Special Rapporteur, most recently on Iran. She co-founded the Women's Action Forum, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, and South Asians for Human Rights. She spoke out against the narrow nationalism that pits South Asian countries against each other, for the rights of minorities in India, human rights in Kashmir and Baluchistan and elsewhere in the region. She passed away in Lahore on February 11, 2018, her funeral attended by thousands, including women who broke tradition by going to the graveyard and saying funeral prayers alongside men. Her life will continue to inspire and give meaning to our own always.
Asma Jahangir's last public event was a lecture that she gave at Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford on February 5. The lecture was entitled "Remembering Benazir Bhutto" and the audience included her sister Sanam (Harvard '78), her close Oxford friend Victoria Schofield and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.
Confirmed speakers include Amartya Sen, Ayesha Jalal, Martha Chen, Sugata Bose, Homi Bhabha, Raza Rumi, and Sugata Bose among others.
Organised by Asma's friends, activists and admirers.
Co-sponsors: The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University; HKS South Asia Engagement Forum; Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia; South Asia Center Boston; Harvard Pakistan Students Group; HKS Pakistan Caucus; Coalition for a Democratic India; The Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program of ClassACT HR73; Harvard University Asia Center