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Muaz Chaudhry

2023-2024 UChicago Obama Scholars

Role

Co-Founder and President, Gender Rights Watch (GRW)

Location

Pakistan

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Biography

Working towards the equal rights—such as education, health care, and legal rights—of gender and sexual minorities as an activist and by working with nonprofits and the public sector.

Muaz Chaudhry is the founder of Gender Rights Watch, Pakistan’s first organization to advocate for the rights of all gender minorities in Pakistan. The organization combats misinformation and educates Pakistanis on the importance of the Transgender Persons Act, provides victims of hate crimes with legal aid, runs awareness campaigns to combat hate narratives, and conducts lobbying efforts for the legislative protection of gender minorities. Muaz is eager to leverage the interdisciplinary approach of the Scholars program to establish a coalition to help gender and sexual minorities thrive as equal citizens in Pakistan and gain the multidimensional leadership skills to lead this work on an international scale.

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