Mukhtaran Mai

Country

Pakistan

Known for

Human Rights Activist and Founder of Two Schools in her Village

Dates

Hijri 1392-Present (AH); Common Era 1972-Present (CE)

Mukhtaran Mai

Biography

Mukhtaran Mai is now a leading example for women is her native country and around the world. Since becoming a survivor of gang-rape as an honor revenge, she has become an outspoken human rights and women's rights activist. With her compensation money she took from the government of Pakistan opened two schools in her village, one for girls and another for boys. In August 2005, she was awarded the Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal for bravery and courage by the Pakistani Government and was named Women of The Year by Glamour Magazine, USA. In 2006, Time Magazine listed her in their issue on the 100 Most Influential People of the World, and she was also awarded the North-South Prize by the Council of Europe. She has written a book called In the Name of Honor: A Memoir and has been the focus of at least one movie. Mukhtaran has become a symbol of hope for many women in Pakistan.