Sherry Rehman

Federal Minister for Climate Change, Ministry of Climate Change of Pakistan

Senator Sherry Rehman is the Federal Minister of Climate Change, the Vice-President of PPP, former Opposition Leader in Senate, and former Parliamentary Leader of the PPP. Rehman is the Vice President of the United Nations Environment Agency (UNEA) Bureau and the Founding Chair of the Jinnah Institute, a fourth-term Parliamentarian, diplomat, journalist, and civil society activist who has received Pakistan's highest civil award, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz. Rehman has also served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, and Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting. She is Founding Chair of the Climate Change Caucus in Parliament, and as Federal Minister for Information in 2008 has held additional portfolios of Health, Women Development, and Culture. Rehman has also served as Chair of Pakistan Red Crescent. As Federal Minister in 2008, she created and presented on behalf of the PPP government Pakistan’s first inter-agency Counter-Terrorism Plan to a joint sitting of Parliament. Rehman is a founding member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and has served on the Council of Newspaper Editors for three terms. Recently, she was named among 25 most influential women of 2022 by Financial Times. Identified as one of the Top Global Thinkers of 2011 by Foreign Policy magazines, she was cover-titled by Newsweek Pakistan as "Pakistan's Most Important Woman". Rehman has received several awards including the title of Democracy's Hero; The Freedom Award for her work for media independence; the International Peace Award for Democrats; and the Jeanne Kirkpatrick Award for Women. Her latest book, 'Womansplaining" navigates modernity, politics, and activism in Pakistan through the prism of 22 women activists, leaders and academics speaking in their own voices. She has also co-authored the book 'Five Hundred Years of The Kashmiri Shawl' with Naheed Jafri, which was published in 2006 and was awarded the prestigious R. L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award from the Textile Society of America. Her other publications include over 200 articles in international and national news media. Recent long-form monographs include “Kashmir Under Seige” JI; “Parliament and the Pandemic”; “CPEC : the Promise and the Peril”, JI; “ The Emergency the World Forgot” (NW) ;and “The Ladakh Standoff: The New Great Game ” on commission, Pakistan Green Book.

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