Tribute to Pakistani Women Part 5

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Arfa Karim Randhawa

– for being a genius who in 2004 at the age of 9 became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). She kept the title until 2008. Arfa represented Pakistan on various international forums including the TechEd Developers Conference. She also received the President’s Award for Pride of Performance. A science park in Lahore, the Arfa Software Technology Park, was named after her. She was invited by Bill Gates to visit Microsoft Headquarters in the U.S. In December 2011, she suffered cardiac arrest after an epileptic seizure that damaged her brain, and was admitted to a local hospital where she passed away in Jan 2012 at the age of 16.

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Zahida Kazmi

– for being the first woman taxi driver in Pakistan. Kazmi, who has been making a living as a taxi driver for the past 37 years, single-handedly brought up her children after her first and second husbands passed away. She chose a profession that has always been the domain of men and braved all obstacles with courage and forbearance as a result of which she is widely respected.

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Samina Khayal Baig –

is the first Pakistani woman and the third Pakistani to climb Mount Everest. She is also the youngest Muslim woman to climb Everest, having done so at the age of 21.

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Noorjehan

– for being the larger than life music icon of Pakistan and for being the voice that charged the soldiers at war and brought lovers closer.

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Zarsanga –

For her amazing contribution to Pushto music. She was born in 1942 .She is widely known as The Queen Of Pashtun Folklore. She was born in 1946 at Zafar Mamakhel, a small village of Lakki Marwat. She belongs to a nomadic tribe called Kutanree (Kutan). They travel between Pashtun area from Punjab and Sindh. They don’t settle permanently in one place. Their main profession is singing. Their main travelling route is through Bannu Road from Dera Ismail Khan and up to Kohat and Peshawar. Some of them travel as far as Afghanistan and stay there in Summer and return to Lakki Marwat during the winter.

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Ghulam Sughran Solangi

– for the extensive work she has done in rural Sindh for upliftment of women through her organization Marvi Rural Development Organization that earned her international recognition

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Dr Farzana Bari

– for her outstanding contribution to gender studies and for being a vocal women’s rights activist

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Khadija Mastoor

– for being one of the finest fiction writers in Urdu whose short stories and novels earned much acclaim

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Mai Bhagi

– for making Sindhi folk music immort

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Nigar Nazar

– for being the first female cartoonist of Pakistan and for creating Gogi, a larger than life cartoon character

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Dr Sania Nishtar

– for her outstanding contribution as a medical practitioner and healthcare reformer; for founding and spearheading Heartfile, a powerful health policy voice and Pakistan Health Policy Forum and for writing Pakistan’s first health reform plan

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Rashida Mohammad Hussain Patel

– for her lifelong commitment to emancipation and protection of legal rights of women in her role as a leading lawyer; for being one of the first women lawyers in the country who inspired many women to join the profession; for founding Pakistan Women Lawyers Association that has provided legal aid to countless women.

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Bano Qudsia

– for being a leading fiction writer as well as playwright whose services to contemporary Urdu literature earned her many honors and awards as well a national stature

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Mehreen Jabbar

– for being a formidable film maker who took Pakistan international and earned the country many laurels

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Mrs. Maryam Faruqi

– for her lifelong services to education; for founding Happy Home School in 1949 which she continues to run to date with the same passion and devotion.

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Nasra Wazir Ali

– for dedicating her life to education by founding Nasra School in Karachi in 1949 that she runs as Administrator; the school caters to more than 12000 children through five purpose built campuses

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Dr. Samina Ahmed

– for her outstanding contribution to International Crisis Group which she serves as South Asia Project Director and for being recognized internationally as a leading expert on South Asian affairs, particularly the insurgencies in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Gulzar Bano

– for being one of the first women to serve in the bureaucracy and being the first woman Cabinet Secretary; for being one of the foremost Pakistani women poets in English

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Maheen Khan

– for being the style icon whose services to Pakistani fashion industry spanning four decades during which she introduced and showcased Pakistani couture to many countries has rightfully earned her the status of grand dame of Pakistani fashion.

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Maryam Bibi

– for her outstanding contribution to improve the status of women at grassroots level in Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa through Khwendo Kor, an organization she founded in 1993 and that works in over 300 cities and towns focusing on social organization, community-based female education, microcredit, primary health care and advocacy.

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