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Humaira Awais Shahid
Humaira Awais Shahid

Humaira Awais Shahid

Agent: Janet Silver

Humaira Awais Shahid is the author of the memoir Devotion and Defiance: My Fight for Justice for Women (Norton). A Pakistani legislator, journalist, and human rights activist, she is a spokesperson for the International Violence against Women Act and was a 2009–10 Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute.

 by Humaira Awais Shahid
Devotion and Defiance: My Journey in Love, Faith and Politics
By Humaira Awais Shahid | W. W. Norton & Co., 2014

In the fall of 2001, a newlywed English professor took on a job editing the "women's section" of one of Pakistan's leading Urdu newspapers. She soon transformed pages of celebrity gossip and fashion advice into a vehicle for the investigation of the true lives of Pakistani women. News of acid attacks on hapless women, the trading of girls as currency in tribal disputes, and other abuses transformed this young mother into a fiery advocate for women's rights—one guided by Islamic ethics and ideals of social justice as she taught rural leaders to distinguish between religion and tribal custom. Her commitment to her countrywomen led her to a seat in the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, where she fought to protect women, girls, and the poor.