Begum Jahanara Shahnawaz

Politician from Pakistan

Begum Jahanara Shahnawaz (1896–1979) was a politician in British India and in Pakistan. She was the first woman to preside over an Asian legislature. Born April 7, 1896 in Lahore, British India to well known Arain Mian family, Jahanara Shafi was the daughter of Sir Muhammad Shafi and married to Mian Sir Muhammad Shah Nawaz. Educated at Queen Mary College Lahore, she was involved in public life. Her sister Geti Ara Begum and brother-in-law Mian Basheer Ahmed were prominent Muslim League leaders. Her eldest daughter Mumtaz Shahnawaz was also a Pakistani diplomat and writer. Her younger daughter Begum Nasim, was married to Major General Akbar Khan. They were both arrested in the Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case. An active social worker, she pushed for reform of Muslim law, campaigning against polygamy through the All India Muslim Women's Conference, and was an office bearer of the organization for many years. She was nominated to be a member of Lahore Municipal Committee in the 1920s. She also became involved in the All India Women's Conference which had been set up in 1927 by Margaret Cousins. In 1932, she was nominated by the Viceroy as one of two representatives of Indian women at the  ( Wikipedia article )


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