Rashida Mohammad Hussain Patel was an eminent lawyer, an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and an active member of the legal fraternity. She was among Pakistan's foremost leaders for reforms and a human rights activist. She was deeply concerned with the conditions of life of the underprivileged and worked for the uplift of the status of women in Pakistan. She was the Standing Counsel for the Government of Pakistan and Chairperson of the Pakistan Women's Legal Rights Committee to recommend legal reforms. She was the Vice President of the All Pakistan Women Association (APWA) for a long period. She was elected to the Sindh Bar Council and was the elected Vice President of the Sindh High Court Bar Association. She was the Founder Life Patron of Pakistan Women Lawyers' Association (PAWLA) in which capacity she oversaw the legal aid and awareness projects and formulated reforms for PAWLA's law reforms activities. She died on 21 December 2009.