It has been reported that Justice Ayesha Malik, the first woman judge of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, has been listed by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as one of the 100 most influential and inspiring women of 2022.
A major theme that is reflected in this list is also the role which women will play at the center of conflict around the world in 2022.
In an article that was published in the BBC, they highlight that Justice Ayesha has authored judgements protecting the rights of women, including her landmark decision that ended the practice of performing a “two-finger test” on victims of rape as part of the examination of sexual assault cases.
In addition to her role on the Supreme Court, Malik has also conducted training for judges around the world and has hosted conferences for female judges in Pakistan, encouraging the discussion around the inclusion of a gender perspective in the justice system as well as other initiatives she has undertaken.
In a landmark occasion for the nation, Justice Ayesha was sworn in on the 25th of January.
Speaking to the media later in the day, the former chief justice of Pakistan, Gulzar Ahmed, indicated that he would not take any credit for Justice Ayesha’s elevation to the position of apex court judge. It was my belief that she deserved the position of a Supreme Court judge.
A number of other women have been included in the BBC’s list, including singer Billie Eilish, Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska, actresses Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Selma Blair, the tsarina of Russian pop Alla Pugacheva, climber Elnaz Rekabi, triple jump record-breaker Yulimar Rojas, and Ghanaian author Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah.