Mohtarma Nigar Ahmed, founder of Aurat Foundation and an iconic leader of women's rights movement in Pakistan and South Asia, passes away after a short illness here on 24th February 2017.
She was also one of the founding members of Women's Action Forum which she helped established in 1982 at Lahore. In 1986, She along with her close friend Shahla Zia founded Aurat Foundation. Her strenuous efforts made Aurat Foundation grow from a two-rooms women's resource center at Lahore to a national women's rights organization, spread across all districts of Pakistan.
She was a visionary leader of the human rights movement and her dedicated and selfless efforts created huge social capital and hundreds of grassroots groups of community women. She is being considered as by many in Pakistan and abroad, a towering personality who brought "silent revolution" for women in Pakistan.
She got her Masters Degree in Economics from Cambridge University UK and later taught Economics at Quid-e-Azam University Islamabad, before establishing Aurat Foundation. She was recipient of many national/ international awards.
Nigar contributed in shaping policy debates on women’s empowerment through National Commission on the Status of Women. She was a co-author of the report on Women’s Development Programmes for Pakistan’s Yearly Plans too.
She was one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. She was nominee from Pakistan of the Global Sisterhood Network. As researcher, Nigar extensively investigated the situation of grassroots women in Pakistan. She was also co-authored a study on the life of rural women in Punjab.
Nigar Ahmad received Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah Life Time Achievement Award, 2010, for her services in the field of political, social, legal and economic empowerment of women in Pakistan.