The British Broadcasting Corporation has named Justice Ayesha Malik, the first woman to serve as a judge on Pakistan’s Supreme Court, as one of the 100 most inspirational and influential women of 2022. (BBC).
The BBC emphasized that Justice Ayesha has written decisions upholding women’s rights, including a “landmark decision which prohibited the so-called two-finger test of rape victims” that was applied while examining allegations of sexual assault.
In addition to her work on the Supreme Court, Malik also trains judges all around the world and has started conferences for female judges in Pakistan, advancing the conversation of integrating a gender perspective into the legal system.
In a later interview with the media, Gulzar Ahmed, the previous chief justice of Pakistan, declared that he would not claim responsibility for Justice Ayesha’s appointment as a judge on the supreme court. She deserved to be a judge of the Supreme Court.
Billie Eilish, the “tsarina of Russian pop” Alla Pugacheva, the first lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska, the climber Elnaz Rekabi, the triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas, and Ghanaian author Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah are among the other women on the BBC’s list.