Off-Ramp for March 27, 2010

KPCC's Molly Peterson interviews Pakistani human rights advocate Humaira Shahid

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Tony Rinaldo

Pakistani journalist and former-legislator Humaira Shahid talks to KPCC's Molly Peterson about Islam and the United State's foreign policy towards Pakistan.

Humaira Shahid is a journalist and a former Pakistani legislator who has been an advocate for women’s rights.

She’s been in the U.S. this year as a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard. During that time. she's lobbied on Capitol Hill, speaking to lawmakers like Senator Barbara Boxer about U.S. policy towards Pakistan.

In Pakistan, Shahid wrote laws banning forced marriages and asset crimes like private money lending, where women are used as collateral for loans.

KPCC’s Molly Peterson caught up with Shahid as she lectured in Southern California as a visiting scholar at Deep Springs College.

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