Yasmeen Hassan is the Global Executive Director of Equality Now, an international human rights organization focused on women and girls’ rights. She is a native of Pakistan and has been involved in women’s rights since very early in her career, authoring the first study of domestic violence in Pakistan, which ultimately became the country’s submission to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.  Ms. Hassan served as editor of Equality Now’s first report on sex discriminatory laws in 1999 and has appeared in numerous media outlets to address the global situation of women, including Al Jazeera, CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post.  Prior to joining Equality Now, she was with the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women where she worked on the implementation of CEDAW and the Secretary-General’s study on violence against women. She also practiced corporate law at Davis Polk & Wardwell and clerked on the D.C. Court of Appeals. Ms. Hassan holds a J. D. from Harvard Law School, where, among other subjects, she studied Islamic law and women’s rights.

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