Imrana Jalal

Former Commissioner
, Fiji Human Rights Commission, and the Fiji Law Reform Commission
Profile / Bio: 

A lawyer by profession, Imrana Jalal was formerly a Commissioner of the Fiji Human Rights Commission, and the Fiji Law Reform Commission. She is the author of Law for Pacific Women and architect of the Family Law Act 2003 which addressed children's needs and removed systemic legal discrimination against women. Her book is a recommended text book at the University of the South Pacific Law School. She is a founding member of the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team which in 1998 received the UNICEF Maurice Pate Award for its cutting edge work in women’s rights. She has also served as a barrister and solicitor in the Attorney General's Office of Fiji, as Public Legal Advisor, and has been an advisor to various UN agencies. She has also been a social/political columnist in the daily newspaper, The Fiji Times.  She is a founding member of a key NGO, the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. She is a member of the networks, Women Living Under Muslim Law, and the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development. She was elected to the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists as one of its 60 Commissioners in 2006, and continues to sit on its Executive Board.  She is a member of UN Women’s Expert Advisory Group guiding the production of the next, 2018, Progress of the World’s Women flagship report.