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JK Rowling donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to save more than a hundred female lawyers and their families facing death in Afghanistan.
The Taliban has become a direct threat to the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan since the US and UK left posts in Kabul, with their actions restricting their freedom being publicised by the author.
Her funds as well as smaller public contributions were acknowledged alongside the businessman and philanthropist Lord Michael Hintze, as the reason 508 Afghans could be flown to safety.
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Female lawyers and their families were hidden away in basements before they were smuggled to airports. Ms Rowling who also funds a women's refuge in Edinburgh was recognised in a House of Lords debate.
Lord David Alton told the chamber how the writer and Lord Hintze "in a Schindler's List moment" came forward to help when veteran human rights lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy needed money to rescue female lawyers - mainly judges - and their families.
Lord Alton said that, thanks to "spontaneous, generous and very substantial" private funding, "some 500 people were evacuated - 103 were women lawyers, all of whom, with their children and husbands, were on Taliban kill lists".
The peer added: "I have met some of the women judges and know that the noble Lord's intervention, and that of the author JK Rowling, undoubtedly saved many lives."
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Baroness Kennedy said she had become close to lawyers in Afghanistan after helping introduce female judges to the country's legal system when the Taliban were overthrown by America, Britain and their allies in 2001. However, events in August 2021 saw forces leave the country in a hurry, leaving the same individuals open to assassination.
Baroness Kennedy, a director of the Institute of Human Rights for the International Bar Association, said: "Two years ago exactly, two women judges in Kabul's Supreme Court were assassinated - that really terrified all the women judges.
"Then in August of that year, when there was the military evacuation from Afghanistan, I started receiving desperate phone calls from women judges hiding in their basements.
"Taliban had been released from prison and were making threats and coming after these women, some of whom had jailed them for domestic violence and other crimes. It was clear these women were high on the list of those at risk of being killed, but only a handful got on to military planes."
Baroness Kennedy soon revealed that chartering a plane to fly out of Afghanistan would cost £650,000 a trip and with 508 rescued needed, she sought funding for three flights but also needed safe houses and clandestine transport to airports.
They then had to be accommodated in Athens - chosen because Greece's president had been a female judge - while they sought asylum worldwide. It meant a total of £4 million was needed.
Lord Hintze, a former Goldman Sachs hedge fund tycoon of Australian origin but now based in Britain, stumped up £800,000 after Baroness Kennedy told him it was 'a Schindler's List moment'.
And Rowling, fabulously wealthy thanks to the success of her books and the resulting films about boy wizard Harry Potter, responded quickly to the desperate cries of female judges in Afghanistan.
Baroness Kennedy said: "JK Rowling just said, 'I want to help these women'. She gave me hundreds of thousands of pounds, a very significant sum, to pay for hostel accommodation and people's living expenses."
Around 60 of the rescued Afghans are now living in Britain.
Rowling, despite facing threats and vitriol for her stance against gender ideology is a well establish funder of good causes, having set up the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh with a £10million donation.
She also set up a children's charity Lumos that works to rescue children from orphanages and Beiras Place in Edinburgh allowing women in crisis the option of single-sex support.
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