Saleyha Ahsan

One Hundred Women

Posted by Abigail Sloan on 1 November 2012 | 56 Comments


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One Hundred Women: The Unseen Powerful Women who Change the World is a campaign launched by One World Action to highlight the achievements of women around the world who are powerful in ways that are not always visible or recognised.

The final list of 100 women for 2011 was published in September 2011.  You can find more details about the categories and winners here.

One World Action was a ground-breaking international development organisation that for 22 years promoted the rights of women around the world in concrete and practical ways. Over its history, it worked with over 40  local partners in 19 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to improve the political participation of women so that they can make decisions about their own lives. Many of One World’s Actions projects and partners are being taken forward by Womankind Worldwide and many of its resources and publications are available on the Womankind website.

Nominated by: Abigail Sloan

Saleyha was the first Muslim woman to graduate from Sandhurst as a British Army Officer. She went on to serve in the peacekeeping force in Bosnia. She then trained as a doctor and has extensive experience in emergency medicine. She is also an award winning journalist. The majority of her work speaks out against injustices and human rights abuses around the world. She has focussed extensively on the use of secret evidence in theUnited Kingdom and has recently visited refugee camps in Libya, to which she will soon be returning.

Saleyha is one of the most passionate and vibrant people I have ever met. Her commitment and persistence is an inspiration to all around her. To be honest, I’m not sure when she sleeps! It is rare to meet someone who has made a huge contribution to the world through one profession, never mind three!! The fact she has undertaken an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law this year shows she feels her learning is never complete and she is adding another tool (the law) to her belt to fight for what she believes in.

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