|25th Pakistan Ambassador to the United States|
23 November 2011
|President||Asif Ali Zardari|
|Prime Minister||Yousaf Raza Gillani|
|Preceded by||Husain Haqqani|
|Minister of Information and Broadcasting|
31 March 2008 – 14 March 2009
|President||Asif Ali Zardari
|Prime Minister||Yousaf Raza Gillani|
|Preceded by||Kamar Zhaman Kaera|
|Succeeded by||Muhammad Nasir Khan|
21 December 1960
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
|Political party||Pakistan Peoples Party|
|Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarians|
|Spouse(s)||Nadeem Hussain - 3rd husband|
|Alma mater||Smith College (1985)
University of Sussex
|Occupation||Political journalist; Diplomat|
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Rehman was appointed the Pakistan's Ambassador to the US on November 23, 2011 succeeding Husain Haqqani. Previously, she was the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting from March 2008 until March 2009.
Born in Karachi, to a prominent Sindhi family, Rehman's father Hassanally A. Rahman, was a lawyer and educator. Her mother served as vice president of the State Bank of Pakistan—the first woman to hold the post.
Rehman worked as a professional journalist for twenty years, writing for national and international newspapers and news magazines. She was editor-in-chief of Pakistan's leading news magazine, The Herald, for ten years and served as a member of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) from 1988 to 1998. She also anchored a television show on current affairs in 1999.
Rehman was the first Pakistani to be recognised with an award for independent journalism by the British House of Lords in its Muslim World Awards Ceremony 2002.
She is married to banker Nadeem Hussain, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tameer Microfinance Bank. She was previously married to Bari Mian, grandson of Abdul Bari Firangi Mahali. Prior to that, she was married to Ehsan Malik, who is currently the Chief Executive Office of Unilever Pakistan.
She served as an Member of the National Assembly (MNA) from 2002 to 2007, where she acted as Central Information Secretary. During this time, she was also President of Policy Planning for the PPPP and served on the party's Foreign Relations Committee.
In March 2008, Rehman was re-appointed by declaration as MNA for Sindh province to the reserved MNA seat for women. Prime Minister Yusuf Gilani appointed her Minister for Information and Broadcasting, and on 31 March 2008 she was sworn in by President Pervez Musharraf.
During her tenure in parliament, Rehman authored all five PPP bills tabled in the National Assembly: the Women Empowerment Bill, Anti-Honor Killings Bill, Domestic Violence Prevention Bill, Affirmative Action Bill and Hudood Repeal Bill. She also moved two bills concerning the media: the Freedom of Information Bill and the Press Act, which prevents working journalists from being arrested under the 1999 Press Ordinance.
In civil society, Rehman is the Chair of the Lady Dufferin Foundation Trust, reportedly the largest non-profit provider of women and children's subsidised healthcare in the province of Sindh.
In January 2009, a report of the International Republican Institute referred to her as "Democracy's Hero" as a result of her close association with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's campaign for democratic rule in Pakistan. The reference, picked up by several Pakistani media outlets, received mixed coverage. In the same month, Rehman was named among the "100 Most Influential Asians" by UAE magazine Ahlan.
In 2013, Rehman was accused of committing "blasphemy, a crime that carries the death penalty" in Pakistan, "in connection with a 2010 TV talk show." She was accused by Muhammad Faheem Gill, who went to the Pakistan "Supreme Court with his complaint after police refused to register it. The court ordered police in the central Pakistani city of Multan to investigate."
On 23 November 2011, she was named Pakistan's ambassador to United States following the resignation of Hussain Haqqani, who was asked to resign by Prime Minister Gilani in the wake of the "Memogate" scandal.
Rehman's latest book The Kashmiri Shawl: From Jamawar to Paisley, co-authored with Naheed Jafri, was published in 2006 by Mapin Publishing India and Antique Collectors Club UK. The book was nominated for The R.L Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award for 2006 in the US.
- 2002: First Pakistani to be recognised with an award for independent journalism by the UK House of Lords in its Muslim World Awards Ceremony in the year 2002
- 2006: R.L Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award, for The Kashmiri Shawl
- 2008: Presented the International Peace Award for Democrats by the Human Rights Commission
- 2009: The title of "Democracy's Hero" by the International Republican Institute for her services to the restoration of democracy
- 2009: 'The Freedom Award' Pakistan by the Association of Television Journalists for her work for media independence in Pakistan
- 2011: Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Award by The Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), Washington
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- "WDN to Honor Frances Fragos Townsend and Sherry Rehman with 2011 Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Award". Retrieved 2011-02-09. "The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Award recognizes honorees for their commitment to increase women’s political and civic participation within their own communities and on behalf of women worldwide. A long-time board member of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the first woman to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Kirkpatrick was a strong advocate for women’s participation in politics. Her career in women’s political participation and foreign policy is an inspiration to women."
Qamar Zaman Kaira
|Minister of Information and Broadcasting
Muhammad Nasir Khan
|Pakistan Ambassador to the United States