Pakistani scholar Dr Rubina Saigol passes away

Dr Saigol was a member of WAF, known for her many academic publications

News Desk August 27, 2021
Dr Rubina Saigol. PHOTO: Twitter/WAFLahore


Pakistani author, feminist and one of the pioneering members of the Women’s Action Forum (WAF), Dr Rubina Saigol passed away on Friday.

The Lahore chapter of the WAF took to their Twitter account to announce the news.

“With profound grief and sorrow, WAF Lahore regrets to inform that our beloved Rubina Saigol has passed away”, they wrote, maintaining that she touched many lived and left a huge mark behind.

The WAF pledged to honour her memory and carry on the struggle.

Scholars, academics and admirers also mourned the loss of Dr Saigol on Twitter.


Dr Saigol was a feminist scholar and educationalist, who authored numerous books and papers in both English and Urdu.

Her scholarly work appeared in various national and international research journals, covering diverse themes from feminism, to educational discourse to nationalism and counter-terrorism.

Many of her publications were deemed as mandatory reading for undergraduate and graduate courses by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Dr Saigol was also a senior member of WAF and on the advisory board of Simrogh, a nonprofit organization centred around women's rights.

She received her PhD in Education and Development from the University of Rochester and her MA in Development Psychology from Columbia University.


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