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Pakistani women’s rights activist honored with Nelson Mandela award

KARACHI: Swat’s Tabassum Adnan was honored with the prestigious Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Award 2016 in Columbia, ARY News reported.

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According to details, Tabassum Adnan was recognized for her struggle for women’s rights.

Adnan said that she was thankful to the Pakistani nation whose support and cooperation helped her win the prestigious award.


She suffered 20 years of mental and physical abuse after getting married at the age of 13 years. She lost her children, money and home following her divorce.

After her divorce, She founded the first ever female-only jirga in Pakistan by the name of Khwendo Jirga. The jirga supports rights for women which includes voting and security.

She was awarded International Women of Courage award in the United States in 2015.

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