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Known For: Attorney, Supreme Court
Shahina Akbar is an attorney at the Supreme Court in Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Ms. Akbar works with the Behbud Association of Pakistan, an organization devoted to empowerment of women. She conducts educational sessions to target women’s groups in the communities on legal issues, using the legal system and Qur’an as a source of law. These lectures focus on family laws, marriage contract, child labor, child custody, child sexual abuse, laws of inheritance, Shariah, drug laws, women’s empowerment, domestic violence, female education, women’s rights in Islam, etc. She arranges workshops for women and men’s groups, and provides legal advice and remedies on critical issues. Additionally, Ms. Akbar has provided legal advice through the telephone on live radio shows in regards to family problems of British Pakistanis living in England.
Ms. Akbar has worked with the Ministry of Women Development in updating the Act of Baitul Mal, and has drafted the 2003 Bill on National Commission for Social Welfare. She is the Legal Advisor for the First Women Bank Limited, a bank committed to the enhancement of status of women.
Ms. Akbar holds a Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) and a Master’s degree in Home Economics from Punjab University, Pakistan. She has been a practicing attorney since 1997.
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