Syeda Ghulam Fatima

Syeda Ghulam Fatima

Syeda Ghulam Fatima is a Pakistani human and labor rights activist, General Secretary of Lahore¬ based  organisation Bonded Labor Liberation Front Pakistan (BLLF). Fatima has spent years creating hope through the Bonded Labor Liberation Front, which seeks to eradicate bonded labor, injustice, illiteracy, inequality, and the resulting poverty across South Asia.

She has been threatened, attacked, and wounded because of her activism. Through her organization, Fatima has established Freedom Centers where workers can go for protection and legal counsel. She helped release more than 83,790 bonded laborers in Pakistan from all provinces since her engagement; trained more than 900 women in alternative skills for poverty reduction; provided adult literacy to 2,400 workers including majority of women; enrolled 25,000 children who were engaged in child labor in brick industry into public schools.

In September 2015, Fatima was awarded Clinton Global Citizen Award  for Leadership in Civil Society during the Clinton Global Citizen award ceremony in New York. In 2016 Fatima was honored with TIP Hero Award by US Department of State in Washington. She was one of the four finalists of Aurora Prize for Awakening humanity 2016 and was supported by Humans of New York (HONY). Fatima was honored for driving a proactive approach toward policy and advocating for core labor standards in Pakistan.