Hauwa Ibrahim

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Hauwa Ibrahim
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Born20 January, 1968
Known forSakharov prize

Hauwa Ibrahim (born 1968) is a Nigerian human rights lawyer who won the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize in 2005.


Ibrahim has born in Gombe in 1968. She trained to be a lawyer and was considered the first Muslim woman in Nigeria to achieve this distinction.[1]

Ibrahim was known for pro bono work defending people condemned under the Islamic Sharia laws that are in force in the northern Nigerian provinces. She defended Amina Lawal,[2] Safiya Hussaini and Hafsatu Abubákar. In 2005 she was awarded the Sakharov Prize for this work.[3]

Hauwa has been a Visiting Professor at Saint Louis University School of Law and Stonehill College, a World Fellow at Yale University, a Radcliffe fellow, and a fellow at both the Human Rights Program and the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard University. Hauwa is presently a teacher and a researcher at Harvard University[4].

While a Radcliffe fellow, Ibrahim adopted an interdisciplinary approach to delve into the theoretical foundations of Shariah law and examine how they have influenced legal practice, which has, in turn, affected the human rights of women in West Africa. Her research led to the book Practicing Shariah Law: Seven Strategies for Achieving Justice in Shariah Courts, published in January 2013."[5]

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  1. ^ Ms Meena Sharify-Funk (28 March 2013). Encountering the Transnational: Women, Islam and the Politics of Interpretation. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-4094-9856-8.
  2. ^ "Nigerian Woman Wins Appeal of Stoning Sentence". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  3. ^ "Hauwa Ibrahim | Nobel Laureate, Human Rights Lawyer | Katerva". www.katerva.net. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  4. ^ "HAUWA IBRAHIM". Yales.edu. YALE UNIVERSITY. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  5. ^ Harvard Divinity School visiting faculty profile, retrieved 2013.

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