Nighat Dad Wins Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award 2016

Nighat Dad, Pakistani digital rights activist won the Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award for 2016. The award was given by former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz at the Global Forum in Wroclaw, Poland.

Nighat Dad Wins Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award 2016

The award was granted for her dedication towards digital rights for Pakistanis in general and also for her efforts in promoting protected and easier internet access for women of Pakistan.

The Atlantic Council Freedom Awards were established in 2009 in Berlin to account people with an exceptional devoir to freedom and justice.

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The only Pakistani before Dad to get this award was Malala Yusufzai, who is also a Nobel laureate. More than 450 envoys including activists, dignitaries and politicians attended the award function.

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Nighat Dad is the Executive Director of Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. She is a proficient lawyer and a human rights activist.

She is one of the pioneers who have been campaigning around access to open internet in Pakistan and worldwide. She has been vigorously campaigning and captivating at a policy level on matters focusing on Internet Freedom, Women and technology, Digital Security and Women’s empowerment.

Lately, Nighat Dad has been included in Next Generation Leaders List by TIME’s magazine for her struggle on facilitating women combat online harassment.

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