Jameen KaurAttorney-International Secretariat, UK, 2017
Professional BiographyJameen Kaur is a human rights practitioner who brings 15 years experience working on diverse human rights issues with organizations such as Amnesty International, Oxfam International and the Human Rights Law Network, India. She has worked on a wide range of human rights issues which include: strengthening gender justice - addressing violence against women and girls, reproductive rights, right to housing and freedom of expression and assembly. At Amnesty International she held a number of different posts at the national, regional and global level, which include: Regional Campaign Director for South Asia where she worked with partners, rights-holders and Amnesty's global movement to strategise and implement campaign strategies to address, among other issues, the shrinking space for civil society and seek accountability for the attacks and killings of human rights defenders. At the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), India, she set-up and led the Reproductive Rights unit to strengthen the implementation of reproductive rights, particularly for women and girls living in poverty. Through the use of public interest litigation, HRLN ensured people, specifically, those living in poverty, were able to hold the government accountable when their human rights were violated. Ms. Kaur led a team which secured a ground-breaking and historic judgment which ensured that a State was held accountable for a preventable maternal death. For its reproductive rights work, the Human Rights Law Network received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective institutions award ($1 million) for its contribution in ensuring greater accountability and impact in this field. Ms. Kaur holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway.