Shazia Ahmed Langove

A political leader in Balochistan, Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan, Shazia Ahmed Langove works to increase women’s political participation in an area known as a target for terrorist attacks.   Despite cultural and socio-political challenges, Shazia has been working actively to increase the participation of women in public forums.

Beginning her political career in 2004 when she joined the National Party, Shazia rose up the ranks and was elected Secretary of Women Affairs between 2010 and 2014.  She was further twice elected as General Secretary for the Pakistani Chapter of the South Asian Women’s Alliance. Between 2011 and 2012 she served as Coordinator for Interparty Human Rights Commission for National Party. In 2015, Shazia participated in the ‘Emerging Young Leader’ Programme as a mentor. In 2016, she was awarded the Young Champions Award.

She has served on numerous roles outside of politics, primarily in research as a Research Consultant for the Institute for Public Opinion and Research, as well as a Researcher for the International Republican Institute. She has documented the experiences of women in the Balochistan area through the publication of a short online story series. She is currently running for the position of Aman Jirga in Balochistan.