Hauwa Ibrahim

Hauwa Ibrahim, founder of Aries Law Firm, in 2005 joined the ranks of Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan as the only female recipient of the Sakharov Prize hailing from Africa. Escaping her village's tradition of marriage at a young age to continue her schooling, she overcame incredible obstacles to reach her current accomplishments. As an attorney dedicated to protecting human rights within the Shariah courts of Northern Nigeria, most of her work involves defending women sentenced to death by stoning for the crime of adultery. After receiving international acclaim for her role in the defense of Amina Lawal, she traveled to the United States and has held prestigious fellowship positions at Yale University and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She has also been a visiting professor at various institutions such as St. Louis University School of Law and Harvard Divinity School, where she is currently teaching.