Parveena Ahanger

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Parveena Ahangar
Other namesIron Lady of Kashmir
OccupationChairperson, 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 also nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.[3][4]

Parveena is referred to as the 'Iron lady of Kashmir'. She was nominated by the prestigious Indian media Channel CNN IBN for a coveted award which she rejected on account of the deceit approach adopted by Indian media over the pain and tragedies of Kashmiris.[5]

Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons[edit]

Parveena started this organization in 1994 to provide support and mobilize family members of missing persons due to enforced disappearances to put pressure on India's government to investigate the estimated 8-10,000 cases of involuntary and enforced disappearances in Kashmir.[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. A quote from her heart-wrenching speech in the university's auditorium:


  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. ^ "Three Kashmiri women nominated for Nobel Prize". Hindustan Times. 4 October 2005. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Three Kashmiri women among 1, 000 Nobel Peace Prize nominees". Outlook India. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  5. ^ Mother’s Day Special: Parveena Ahengar, Mouj of Kasheer
  6. ^ "Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons | Cultures of Resistance". Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Remembering those in Kashmir who exist but are missing". Retrieved 21 August 2019.

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