Zakia Soman

Zakia Soman

Zakia Soman is the co-Founder of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan which strives for muslim womens’ citizenship rights as well as for gender justice in Islam []. She is the Founder of Centre for Peace Studies which is engaged in knowledge activism for peace and justice, religious tolerance, pluralism and rights of minorities. She is on the India Core Committee of Saape – South Asian Alliance for Poverty Eradication that engages on issues of poverty regionally across countries. She served on the Organizing Committee of Peoples’ Saarc in Kathmandu in 2006 and in Colombo in 2008. She received the Outstanding Women Achievers award from the National Commission for Women in 2014. She featured in BBC’s 100 Fearless Women [100 Bekhauf Andolankari Auratein] in November, 2015. As petitioner along with her co-Founder, she won the legal case wherein the Bombay High Court ordered women to be allowed entry into the Haji Ali Dargah in a landmark ruling on 26th August 2016. She was petitioner in the triple talaq matter in the Supreme Court and campaigned extensively for its abolition. In its verdict of 22nd August, 2017, the Supreme Court set triple talaq aside as void.

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