Shahnaz Bukhari is a Pakistani clinical psychologist, activist, and founder of the Progressive Women's Association. She is also publisher of Women's World, a periodical on women's' rights issues. She established the first destitute home in Rawalpindi for female domestic violence victims in 1999 (known as AASSRA) in her own home. It was intended as a safe haven where battered woman with children could acquire self respect and were empowered to plan their futures.
AASSRA accommodates 30 residents at a time and has supported about 150 women per year since it started, in spite of police raids. In 2001, Bukhari was arrested for "abetting an attempt to commit adultery." In the case, after a woman fled the AASRA shelter seeking escape from an abusive husband, Bukhari was charged for failing to deliver the woman to the authorities. She was tried under the nation's Sharia law and exonerated two years later. She lobbied for the institution of all-female police stations in Pakistan and was successful in January 1994 under Prime Minister Benazir Butto. She and the Progressive Women's Association have uncovered over 5,675 stove-death victims as part of the 16,000 cases they have documented of violence against women.
Bukhari has held government appointments, including membership in Pakistan's senate and the senate's standing committee on women's development. Her efforts are widely recognized, and on Pakistan's independence day on August 14, 1995, the Pakistani government granted her an award in recognition of her struggle for women's rights.