Patron Profile

Patron Dr. Fehmida Mirza made history when she was elected Speaker of National Assembly on 19 March 2008, becoming the first female Speaker of Parliament in Pakistan, and indeed in the Muslim world. She is a seasoned member of parliament, having competed for and won a seat in the National Assembly in the last four consecutive elections – 1997, 2002, 2008 and 2013. She has served as Member of the National Assembly’s Standing Committees on Population Welfare and Women Development, Health, Social Welfare and Special Education, Commerce and Industry.

Dr. Mirza has also distinguished herself as the founder and Patron of the National Parliament Women Caucus, a multi-party parliamentary group of women members from the government and opposition, working together on issues concerning the welfare and protection of women and championing related causes in health and education.

Under her leadership, the Caucus advocated for the successful passage by the National Assembly of two major pieces of legislation – an amendment to a women in the workplace harassment bill, which provided for stricter prosecution and punishment for offenders, and a historic bill seeking to punish domestic abuse. The Caucus has undertaken advocacy efforts on the reform of women policing in Pakistan.In addition to her work in parliament, Dr. Mirza has a long history of philanthropic and humanitarian work. She arranged relief and rehabilitation for the victims of the devastating cyclone and floods in Sindh province in 1999 and 2003 by providing medical treatment, food, and clothing for the displaced people. In Badin in 2005, Dr. Mirza established a Thalassemia Centre with the assistance of the district government, which provides free medical treatment. She also has arranged free medical camps and vaccination immunization drives against hepatitis and cholera in Badin district.

Dr. Mirza completed her MBBS from Liaqat Medical College Jamshoro Sindh, Pakistan, in 1982. She is married to Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Mirza, Sindh’s Minister for Home Affairs, and is the mother four children. She comes from a distinguished political family, and her father, Qazi Abdul Majeed Abid, held different ministerial portfolios in federal and provincial cabinets from 1982 to 1990.