Law PGR celebrated by the Women in Law Initiative in Pakistan

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A collection of self portraits of celebrated women.

Anoshay Fazal, Postgraduate researcher at the Liverpool Law School, was recognised for her contributions to legal research and academia by the Women in Law Initiative – Pakistan’s celebration of 100 Years of Womxn in Law.

The 100 Years of Womxn in Law Photo Exhibition was held at Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore from 25-27 April 2024, by the Women in Law Initiative – Pakistan. The exhibition was held to mark the 100 years of the Legal Practitioners (Women) Act of 1923 – a law which removed restrictions on women’s right and eligibility to practice law in the region.

The exhibition brought visibility to the work of female legal professionals and students in their respective fields in law. It showcased over 200 female legal professionals, including: judges, practitioners, academics, researchers, in-house counsels, prosecutors, and students.

Anoshay Photo Exhibition

Anoshay Fazal features in the 100 Years of Womxn in Law exhibition. 

On the recognition, Anoshay Fazal shared: “I was delighted and humbled to have been featured in the academia gallery at the ‘100 Years Photo Exhibition’. Although unable to attend the event in-person, based on the updates I received from friends, family, and colleagues back home, I understand the event was very successful in achieving its aim in showcasing the diverse and extensive contribution of women working in the justice sector. It is therefore encouraging to see the mainstreaming of the conversation around fair representation and visibility in this area.”

Anoshay Fazal Photo Exhibition

Anoshay Fazal features in the 100 Years of Womxn in Law exhibition. 

The Women in Law Initiative works for the equality of opportunity and connectivity of female lawyers in Pakistan. The non-partisan initiative for female lawyers works to address systemic biases and inequalities.

Anoshay Fazal has been involved in various projects in collaboration with the Women in Law Initiative, the most prominent being ‘Fair Representation in the Justice Sector’ which was completed with support from the United States Institute for Peace – USIP (September 2021 – October 2022).

Speaking of the project, Anoshay said: “This project was completed in two phases. During the first phase of the project my colleague and I undertook a detailed review of primary and secondary data in evaluating the status of representation for women in the justice sector. This study also looked at international and regional conventions and comparative jurisdictions to further evaluate the barriers and solutions to these barriers in a global context. This study was launched in June 2022 and presented to the Hon. Justice Ayesha A. Malik.

Phase 2 of the project involved delineating specific areas and issues that could be addressed through targeted trainings for female law students and young female lawyers. My colleague Nida Usman Chaudhary and I developed training materials (including handouts, PPTs and surveys), identify potential trainers and assisted in implementing trainings to over 100 participants across Lahore, Multan, and Rawalpindi (between August and September 2022).”

Attendees shaking hands.

This achievement is just one of many that demonstrate the outstanding contributions of our postgraduate research community. The School of Law and Social Justice prides itself in hosting a high calibre of postgraduate researchers, set to make substantial impact across the fields of law, sociology, social policy, and criminology.