Majida Rizvi

Majida Rizvi is the first woman judge of a high court in Pakistan. During her career she practiced in the High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. She is a staunch advocate of women’s rights and has taught and written widely on the subject. She retired as a judge of the Sindh High court and was subsequently appointed the chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of women (NCSW). Under her the NCSW recommended the repeal of the Hudood Ordinances, a set of five laws instituted by General Zia ul Haq which prescribe strict punishments such as amputations and flogging for theft, adultery and rape.