Parveena Ahanger

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Parveena Ahangar
Other namesIron Lady of Kashmir
Occupation(s)Chairperson, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP)
Known for

Parveena Ahangar (born in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir) is the Founder and Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Jammu and Kashmir.

She won the Rafto Prize for Human Rights in 2017 for her “protests against enforced disappearances” and for demanding justice for victims of violence in Jammu and Kashmir.[1][2] She was named as one of the BBC 100 Women, a list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019.[3]

Parveena is referred to as the 'Iron lady of Kashmir'.[3] She was nominated by the Indian media Channel CNN IBN for an award which she rejected on account of the deceitful approach by Indian media over the pain and tragedies of Kashmiris.[4]

Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons[edit]

Parveena started the "Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons" in 1994 to provide support and mobilize family members of missing persons due to enforced disappearances and to put pressure on India's government to investigate the estimated 8-10,000 cases of involuntary disappearances in Kashmir.[5] The organization is part of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances.[6]

Parveena Ahanger, co-founder and chairman of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, has represented APDP’s cause in the Philippines (2000), Thailand (2003), Indonesia (2005), Chiang Mai (2006), Geneva (2008), Cambodia (2009) and London (2014).[7]

Lecture at the University of Westminster[edit]

Ahanger spoke at London's University of Westminster in 2014.[8] A quote from her speech:[9]

Nobody understands a mother’s pain. I'm a victim, there are many like us. APDP originated out of my pain, and pain of hundreds of mothers like me.

— Parveena Ahanger


  1. ^ "Parveena Ahangar, Parvez Imroz Awarded Norway's Rafto Prize for Human Rights". The Wire. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Parveena Ahangar & Parvez Imroz". The Rafto Foundation. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "BBC 100 Women 2019". BBC News. 15 October 2019.
  4. ^ Mother’s Day Special: Parveena Ahengar, Mouj of Kasheer
  5. ^ "Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons | Cultures of Resistance". 9 April 2019. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Annual Report 2018" (PDF). Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances. 16 October 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 July 2021. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Remembering those in Kashmir who exist but are missing". 6 September 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Parveena Ahnager speaking at University of Warwick, UK". Kashmir Life. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Zahoor, Zubair (16 July 2021). "Parveena Ahangar: The Iron Lady Of Kashmir". Counter Currents. Retrieved 10 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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