#Ambassador Award-Nomimation to Sister Tabassum Adnan

kashmala bibi
Posted January 6, 2020 from Pakistan

Dear Members of the  Committee, 

I have been asked to write a recommendation letter for Ms. Tabassum Adnan; it’s a great honor for me and I have accepted immediately to draft it.I think that the work accomplished by Ms. Adnan is really outstanding.You can understand that a simple letter is not enough to write down all her achievements and fights she has pursued during her life.I will notably remind that she is famous in Pakistan and abroad as the Khwedo Jirga Mashra(Leader of the Women Jirga/Council), the first ever Women Jirga.Born in a patriarchal society where the voice of women is not considered, she was married at the age of  In addition to the trauma of being married as a child, her husband tortured her mentally and physically.Her story in the Swat valley of Pakistan is unfortunately not uncommon.However, Ms. Adnan considered that those injustices and sufferings were not a fatality and she decided to devote her life to lighten the burden and sufferings imposed to women and minorities by the Pashtun society.Her most striking achievement, the Women Jirga has emerged as a necessity due to the continuous violence against women in Pashtun society. She is the only woman that has stood against the patriarchal societal structure to defend women rights and took the historical step of forming the first ever women Jirga in the history of Pakistan.For the first time the voice of the despised Pashtun women were listened. In the darkness, Ms. Adnan has lightened a small light that keeps growing since then.The Grand Male Jirga recognized her courage and she was invited to attend its sessions. It was a milestone in the history of Pashtun culture; for the first time in history, a woman could attend a male Jirga. Later on, she was the first Pashtun woman to take place in government district dispute resolution council All those incursions into what is still considered as male territory were considered as impossible before Ms. Adnan.It should be also noted that she is not imposing changes from outside and making a clean break of the traditions. On the contrary, as a member of Pashtun community, she is trying to be the spokesman of the women and oppressed minorities and start to change the situation from inside, using the traditional institutions (cf. the Jirga).She has caused a breach into traditions into which the oppressed women can now step into. Ms.Adnan has opened the way for millions of women.Through her action in the Women Jirga, Ms. Adnan was the first nail in the coffin of the unjust patriarchal traditions that are depriving women of their rights in the Pashtun society.In addition to fighting for women, she has also raised the voice for religious minorities, Christian and Hindus, and advocate in favor of peaceful and nonviolent relationships between the different faiths.Ms. Adnan believes that all humans are equal and must be treated in the same manner. When the suicide attack on a Christian church in Peshawar occurred, she was the first Muslim woman who along with an organization protested against such brutality by organizing a protest walk.Recently, she has opened the debate of transgender rights in Pakistan. Once again she hasn’t hesitated to be criticized and defend the most vulnerable members of society.Those actions are not without consequences on her physical integrity. She is regularly threatened to death, not only by Taliban but also by other conservative people who cannot accept the changes she is slowly making in society.She is putting her life in danger to serve the cause of others. Ms. Adnan is a wonderful example of commitment and courage.She has accomplished more than any others for the rights of Pakistani women as well as the rights of minorities. For those who are fighting for women and minority rights, her achievements make her not only an exceptional person but also a source of inspiration as well as a model to follow., I am  able to see how Ms. Adnan is working and was deeply impressed.For many women and minorities, she is the last chance to receive Justice and be treated fairly that is denied by state and society.It is a privilege for me to know this brilliant and dedicated activist and humanitarian. Tabassum Adnan, as she is involved in sensitive issues because talking and working on women freedom for education is highly risky job. 

For her actively working for the rights of women she is on direct target of extremist forces. She has received threat letters from extremist twice during the last 12 months warning her to refrain from her cause otherwise she would face grim consequences. 

She has received several anonymous calls warning her to be aside from the anti-Islamic activities. 


Sensing threats around her the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police have already provided her 24-hour police guards. I warmly recommend her and sincerely hope she will receive the attention from the committee that she deserves. I’m at the disposal of the  committee should you need any additional information 

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This story was submitted in response to We Are Leaders.

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Anita Shrestha
Jan 06
Jan 06


Tamarack Verrall
Jan 07
Jan 07

Dear Kashmala,
I am so glad to see this posted a second time with the videos so prominently showing. The work of Tabassum Adnan is the work that is among the most dangerous, calling for the strongest courage, changing the lives of women and girls, challenging and changing the rules of the society she lives in. There are so many heras here within World Pulse, committed and courageous, and one of the powerful outcomes of this call from our Team for stories of what we know abut each other, has resulted in us finding out so much more. What Tabassum Adnan has committed her life to, what she has already managed to accomplish, the strength of spirit and love that she shines, is truly the spirit of World Pulse.
Thank you for your story about this inspiring sister. May she be surrounded by our love and support.
In deep sisterhood,

Jill Langhus
Jan 08
Jan 08

Hi Kashmala,

Thanks for sharing your nomination for Tabassum. She must have made quite an impression on you. Thanks for sharing all the supporting videos about her and her work.

I hope you share some posts about your work so we can learn about you and your goals, too:-)

Jan 09
Jan 09

Hi dear,
Thanks for nominating her. I can see her impact in your life through your passion for nominating her. I wish her the best in the nomination. Hope the best for all of you
And I look forward to reading more about you personally here.
Warm regards

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Kashmala,
Thanks for nominating Adnan. Grateful for the work she does. Wish her all the best in the spirit awards.
Have a great 2020

Nene Nkengla
Feb 04
Feb 04

Dear Bibi, thanks for sharing this great piece about Adnan

Feb 08
Feb 08

Hello SISTER BIBI, thanks for sharing this recommendation, going through the write up, videos and the work of Ms Tabassum I see it's so deserving and encouraging.
Her work on transforming the lives of women in her community and abroad is worth the recommendation. Creating impact is what we need to keep doing in our communities.
Congrats Ms Tabassum Adnan

Feb 08
Feb 08

Thanks for nominating Tabassum. May Tabassum continue to impact You . Thanks for sharing.