Award Name : International Women of Courage Award
Year of Award : 2015
Award for : Civilian Awards
Location : Swāt, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Tabassum Adnan ((born 1977) is a Pakastani women's rights activist from the Swat Valley. She won the U.S. State Department's 2015 International Women of Courage Award for her efforts in seeking justice for Pakistani women. Adnan attended a women's empowerment program run by a local aid group. It inspired her to work to change women's ability to participate in decision-making processes. Initially she approached the male-only, main Swat Qaumi Aman Jirga, but was rejected.Jirgas are traditional informal judicial councils which enforce qisas, retribution laws, and though not intended to replace formal judicial systems or police procedures, decisions of the elders are socially respected and do often impact the judiciary.