Pakistani politician Krishna Kumari Kohli has made it to the BBC's 100 women of 2018 list, which features 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world. Kohli has been placed at the 48th position.
The Pakistani lawmaker is known to have worked for the welfare and rights of bonded labourers in Pakistan. She made news in March for becoming the first Dalit Hindu woman to be elected to the Pakistan senate.
Describing Kohli BBC wrote: "Krishna was elected to the Pakistan Senate after campaigning for women's rights, having previously been forced into bonded labour for three years."
Some of the other women in the list are Chelsea Clinton, Julia Gillard, Nujeen Mustafa, who fled the Syrian war in her wheelchair and campaigns for refugees with disabilities, and Rahibi Soma Popere, a farmer and founder of the Seed Bank in India among many others.
Who is Krishna Kumari Kohli?
- Krishna Kumari Kohli, a Pakistani politician, was born on February 1, 1979, and is also known by her nickname Kishoo Bai.
- When she was in the third grade, Kohli and her family were held captive as bonded labourers in a private jail allegedly owned by a landlord.
- She worked on the fields with her family and they were released after three years when the police raided the jail and set them free.
- Kohli got married at the age of 16 when she was a student in the ninth grade.
- She continued studying and received a master's degree in Sociology from the University of Sindh.
- Speaking of her childhood and the hardships she has faced, she once told Geo News thus: "We didn't have electricity so I used to study under the light of an oil lantern."
- She then learned about the government of Pakistan, international migration and other policies when she attended the Mehergarh Human Rights Youth Leadership Training Camp in 2007.
- This is known to have helped her learn about all the things she needed for her social work.
- The 40-year-old then joined the Pakistan Peoples Party as a social activist and campaigned for the rights of marginalised communities, women's rights and against bonded labour and sexual harassment at workplace.
- She was elected to the Senate of Pakistan this year and took oath on March 12, 2018