Dr. Nafees Sadik , – for her outstanding contribution to United Nations where she served as Executive Director UN Population Fund, UN Under Secretary General, Special Advisor to Secretary General and Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia. Dr Sadik is an internationally recognized and respected expert on population welfare. She represented UN on many international forums and was the first Pakistani woman who rose to the position of Under Secretary General.
– for writing bold and rebellious poetry highlighting the plight of women, discrimination they face at the hands of men in the society and the crimes that are perpetrated against them!
– for being the first woman Prime Minister in the modern Muslim world and for fighting dictatorship without fear of her life
– for her grace and the lead glory on the stage that mesmerises 100 a hearts at a time; for brilliantly using theatre for social change by exposing injustices in society; for relentlessly fighting for women’s rights and empowerment
Tahira Mazhar Ali Khan
– for her struggle spanning over 60 years for the rights of the underprivileged, including workers, peasants and women
– for being a pioneer of English journalism and feminism in Pakistan, for being the first woman columnist, editor, publisher and political commentator
– for her outstanding contribution to English journalism that spans over four decades
– for being a pioneering feminist poet in Pakistan —
– for being one of the most outstanding and internationally acclaimed historian Pakistan has produced so far
– for running the most pristigious publishing organization; for reviving reading habits and love for books among children and adults alike and for launching Pakistan’s biggest literature festival that is fast turning into a tradition!
– for being an icon of pop music in Pakistan who got international acclaim at a very early age
– for her brilliant contributions in art, but also for her in truck art and taking that to the global stage.
– for being one of the first women architects in the country and for her outstanding contribution in preserving heritage buildings. After graduation from Oxford School of Architecture in 1964, at the age of 23, Lari returned to Pakistan with her husband, Suhail Zaheer Lari and opened Lari Associates in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.She became the first female architect among the dozen architects in Pakistan. Initially in her career, she faced many difficulties when workers at construction sites would challenge her authority or knowledge because of her gender. She was president of the Institute of Architects in Pakistan from 1980 to 1983. In 1967, Lari and her firm designed the Generals Combatant Headquarters (GHQ), and later designed the MOD’s Naval Combatant Headquarters (NHQ).
– for being the leading IT star who brings out new ideas for the industries continously; taking Pakistan’s IT industry forward and thriving
– for her perpitual intellectual contritution to human rights issues
Dr. Fatima Shah
– for showing light to the countless blind and for her activism nationally and internationally focusing on the rights of the blind people. She was one of the founding members of the All Pakistan Women’s Association, received an MBE (member of the British Empire) for her social services on the occasion of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
She also founded the Pakistan Association of the Blind in 1960 which developed into a national self-help movement. She remained its president for 25 years, retiring in 1984. Dr Shah forced the government to remove the health clause because of which perfectly healthy, intelligent and qualified people were being deprived of jobs. She also got the government to introduce Braille. She also convinced the government to allow a 50 per cent concession on both domestic and international routes on PIA for all blind persons.
Dr Shah organized the Disabled People’s Federation of Pakistan to serve as a national affiliate to the Disabled Peoples’ International of which she was a world council member. She played a significant role in the establishment of a global body called the World Blind Union and also became a member of the Federal Council National Parliament.
Among the various awards bestowed upon her was the Takeo Iwahashi Award at Gothenburg, Sweden, which she received for her outstanding national services in the field of organization of self-help movements of blind people and their progress and development. The government of Pakistan also conferred upon her a Tamgha-i-Imtiaz.
Dr. Rufina Soomro
– for her work for women suffering from breast cancer and helping them fight and prevent it
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar
– for being the first female Governor, State Bank of Pakistan; for her outstanding contribution as economist who served on senior positions at World Bank and later at the Asian Development Bank.
Aban Marker Kabraji
– for being one of the most accomplished and internationally recognized environmentalists that Pakistan produced; for her outstanding services to WWF as Regional Director Sindh and later to IUCN initially as Country Director and afterwards as Regional Director overseeing operations in 23 countries.
Gook K. Minwalla
– for her lifelong services to Karachi Theosophical Society and for championing the cause of education as well as advocating welfare of animals preaching kindness and compassion towards animals