Asma Khader Oral History Content Summary (document)
About the Interviewee*
Asma Khader (Jordan) is the foremost human rights lawyer in Jordan today and recently served as one of three official investigators on behalf of the UN Human Rights Council’s inquiry into human rights abuses in Libya. In October 2013 she was appointed to the Senate and in May 2014 was elected deputy chief commissioner by the Independent Elections Commission in Jordan. She served as the Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women for a number of years. Previously, Khader was the Minister of Culture for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and President of the Jordanian Women’s Union. She is a leading expert on honor killings, and is the coordinator for the National Committee for implementation of UNSCR 1325. She is a member of the Arab Organization for Human Rights and the Advisory Committee of the Women’s Division of Human Rights Watch.
*This brief biography was recorded concurrently with the subject’s interview for the WLP Oral History Archive of the Global Women’s Movement.
About the WLP Oral History Project
The WLP Oral History Archive of the Global Women’s Movement preserves stories and lessons of women’s rights activists from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America who have left their mark on the struggle for women’s advancement. We have collected dozens of oral histories from 25 countries, and the project is ongoing. Since 2014, WLP has collaborated with the Sound Archive of the British Library to host the repository.