Mukhtār Mā'ī is a woman from the village of Meerwala in rural Pakistan . In June 2002, she was the victim of a gang rape as a form of honour revenge, on the orders of a panchayat (tribal council) of the local Mastoi Baloch clan that was richer and more powerful as opposed to her Tatla clan in that region. Although custom would expect her to commit suicide after being raped, Mukhtar spoke up, and pursued the case, which was picked up by both domestic and international media. Though the safety of Mukhtar, and her family and friends, has been in jeopardy, she remains an outspoken advocate for women's rights. She started the Mukhtar Mai Women's Welfare Organization to help support and educate Pakistani women and girls. Women Rights, Gang Rape, Mukhtar Mai, Commitment Suicide, Pakistani Woman, Pakistani Women, June 2002, Mukhtaran Mai2005 Jpg, Expecting
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948). As a practitioner of ahimsa (non-violence), Gandhi swore to speak the truth and advocated that others do the same. His philosophy and leadership helped India gain independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
Meena Keshwar Kamal; the Afghan woman who gave her life to fighting for women’s rights. In Kabul, 1977, when she was just 19,Meena founded an organization called RAWA , which stands for The Revolutionary Association of the Woman of Afghanistan. RAWA is an organization that strives to “give voice to the deprived and silenced women of Afghanistan.” In 1981 she launched a feminist magazine called Payam-e-Zan, which exposed the criminal activities of fundamentalist groups.
Queen Vashti, a Biblical character || Vashti's refusal to obey the summons of her drunken husband has been admired as heroic in many feminist interpretations of the Book of Esther. Early feminists admired Vashti's principle and courage. Harriet Beecher Stowe called Vashti's disobedience the "first stand for woman's rights." Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote that Vashti "added new glory to [her] day and generation...by her disobedience; for "Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God."