Nighat Dad

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Nighat Dad
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Born1981 (age 37–38)
EducationMaster of Laws
Alma materUniversity of the Punjab
Years active2012

Nighat Dad (Urdu: نگہت داد‎; born c. 1981) is a Pakistani lawyer and Internet activist[1][2][3][4] who runs the not-for-profit organisation Digital Rights Foundation.[5][6][7] Her work in the field of IT security has earned her many international awards.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Dad was born in 1981 in Lahore.[9] She hails from a village in Jhang, Punjab. She received her education from the University of the Punjab, Lahore[10] from where she has received a degree of the Master of Laws.[9]


Dad is a lawyer by profession[11] and practice criminal and family law.[7]

In 2012, she set up the Digital Rights Foundation where she was executive director, educate Pakistani internet users, particularly women to protect themselves from online harassment.[7][12] Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has also attended workshops of Dad, before being shot by the Taliban in October 2012.[13]

Dad led campaigns to protect online freedom of speech in Pakistan as well campaigns against legislation that gives the government broad powers of surveillance online, most notable one is the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015.[14][12] She also contributed in the draft of Acid Prevention Law 2010 and the Domestic Violence Bill of Pakistan.[15]

In 2015, she was named in the TIME magazine's list of next generation leaders, for helping Pakistani women fight online harassment.[14][12][16]

In 2016, she was awarded the Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award[17] and Dutch government's Human Rights Tulip award.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Study finds Pakistan's online space increasingly 'not free'". The Express Tribune. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  2. ^ "PML-N's stock taking". Pakistan Today. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ "'No safeguards to protect people from govt snooping'". Dawn. 15 November 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Pakistan Taliban suicide bombing in Lahore leaves several dead". Guardian. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Surveillance by UK, US sets bad precedent for privacy, freedom efforts in Pakistan: activist". Express Tribune. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Know your rights: Internet users". The Express Tribune. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "Nighat Dad named TIME's next generation leader". DAWN.COM. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  8. ^ She was recently named in Lahore High Court as main proponent of a criminal conspiracy against Pakistani singer Ali Zafa. She allegedly convinced girls to accuse hum on sexual harassment for which there exosts no actual evidence.(, Deutsche Welle. "Pakistani women: Between glory and misery | Wo+men | DW.COM | 19.04.2017". DW.COM. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Vrouwen zijn online vogelvrij - OneWorld". OneWorld (in Dutch). 10 December 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  10. ^ "ڈیجیٹل حقوق کی جنگ میں سرگرم پاکستانی، 'نگہت داد'". VOA Urdu. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Nighat Dad's award". DAWN.COM. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  12. ^ a b c "Pakistani digital rights activist Nighat Dad among Time's Next Generation Leaders". Express Tribune. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Pakistani Nighat Dad featured in Time's list of Next Generation Leaders". ARY News. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Pak activist among Time's Next Generation Leaders". The Nation. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Nighat Dad". The News International. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Helping Pakistani Women Fight Online Harassment". TIME. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  17. ^ "Pakistani activist presented Atlantic Council award - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Pakistani digital rights activist Nighat Dad awarded 2016 Human Rights Tulip award". DAWN.COM. 6 November 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.