Hasina Khan

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2000


This profile was prepared when Hasina Khan was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Hasina has created a way for Muslim women in India to fight the discrimination dealt to them at home, at work, in the streets, and in the courts. The Muslim Women's Rights Network is a broad coalition of persons and organizations that want to redress the injustices perpetrated against women and sanctioned by Muslim Personal Law. Hasina believes that no single advocate, whether an individual or an organization, is powerful enough to change laws and public attitudes; but a large coalition can put the human rights of Muslim women onto a broader social agenda. Any efforts to change Muslim Personal Law must begin with widening the circle of interested parties to include lawyers, feminists, citizen groups, and communities. By presenting a common front, the group can exert collective pressure and fight the forces of division in Indian politics. Hasina runs a service that helps poor Muslim women encounter the world outside the home, broadening the narrow social world that tradition has prescribed for them. Through her efforts, alert and educated women are joining the national coalition to bring in legal reforms and promote women's rights.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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