– for bringing smile and giving hope to many acid victims who had lost all hope to live a respectful life and for being an ace beautician in the country who took the art of creating beauty to new heights.
– for being one of the most glamorous and beautiful film actresses that Pakistani cinema has ever produced and for making a distinct place for herself as an established actress as well as a playback singer in the presence of many stalwarts. Decades after leaving public life altogether and living a life of a recluse, she is still loved and admired by her many.
– for taking Pakistani folk music all over the world and emerging as the most outstanding and top-rated folk and devotional music exponent who is a force to reckon with. It is said that Abida Parveen is not a singer, she is an experience!
– for spreading education to children who had no access to any form of education, through The Garage School, a small set-up that she started in her garage with 14 children that has now grown to 400 students. The Garage School is the students’ home where they celebrate their birthdays and religious festivals, get annual medical checkups and vaccinations. Here they get free education, uniforms, books and stationery. They also receive biscuits, milk, bananas, boiled eggs and vitamins to ensure nourishment for body and mind.
– for giving versatility in performing arts a new meaning; for being the most versatile performer who is an ace comedian, actress, writer, singer and mimic. Bushra Ansari is unparalleled in Pakistani television and performing arts industry.
– for being the best English newscaster that Pakistan Television ever produced; for being a name synonymous with news who read English news from Pakistan Television for 43 years and setting the standard of news reading in Pakistan.
– for being a highly respected urban planner and social activist who had stood up to the land mafia and their political patrons and always spoke for the rights of the poor. She remained associated with many organizations and was the Director of Orangi Pilot Project when unknown gunmen shot her dead on a busy Karachi street.
– for being one of the pioneers in women’s rights movement in Pakistan who was one of the founding members of Women’s Action Forum, Aurat Foundation and AGHS Women’s Law Firm.
Ms Zia was one of those women activists who were jailed for protesting against the Law of Evidence at the Lahore High Court in 1983. She was at the forefront of the struggle against all discriminatory laws against women and religious minorities.
Ms Zia made immense contribution to law reform and research on women’s legal, political and development issues. She was one the main authors of the 1997 report of the Commission of Inquiry on Women and an author and co-editor of the ‘National Report-1995’ for the Women’s Conference in Beijing.
– for being a noted writer, critic and columnist who served two terms as the Regional Chairperson (Europe and South Asia) of the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2010 and 2011. She is the Bibliographer (Pakistan) for the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, and was guest editor of The Journal of Postcolonial Writing “Special Issue: Literature, Violence and Politics in Pakistan” Vol 47 No. 2 May 2011. She has also contributed to several other scholarly publications . A regular contributor to leading newspapers, Shamsie has spoken about Pakistani English literature at many literary forums, conferences, and seminars. Her short fiction has appeared in various anthologies, The Toronto Review, and Nephra. She is a founding member of Karachi hospital the Kidney Centre and Life member of the Association of Children with Emotional and Learning Problems (ACELP).
– for being acknowledged and recognized as Pakistan’s first supermodel. The Burmese-Pathan woman had her photos splashed across fashion layouts in various English and Urdu magazines. She did commercials ranging from products such as paints and toothpaste. Besides being gifted by exotic looks, she was a woman of many talents. Rakhshanda was fluent in five languages. She was the first Pakistani woman to earn a black belt in karate and the second black belt in Jiu-jitsu. She later moved to Canada where she breathed her last.
Gospi B Avari
– for being an Asian Games gold medallist in sailing. She won the medal with her husband, Byram at the 1982 Games. She was the first and until recently (2010), the only Pakistani woman to have won a gold medal at a major international competition.
– for being the first woman broadcaster of Radio Pakistan. The most popular and distinguished voice of Radio Pakistan for more than three decades, she became a legend in her lifetime. Titled the “Nightingale of Broadcasting,” she was especially known for children’s morning shows, and musical rendering of famous Urdu poets for children, besides being the most popular drama voice of her time. She was the recipient of numerous national awards including the lifetime achievement award.
– for being the first actress to appear in PTV’s first ever play that was aired in November 1964. A veteran actress, she’s a recipient of many national awards including lifetime achievement award.
– for being an unrivelled ghazal and folk singer who earned much acclaim in undivided India when she was appointed in the court of Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu and Kashmir. She was among the greatest singers of British India in the 1940s, and after Partition of India in 1947, she migrated to Lahore, Pakistan, where she received further fame, through her radio performances with composer, Kale Khan. In 1980, she received the Presidential Pride of Performance Award, Pakistan.In 1977, when All India Radio, for which she sang until Partition, was celebrating its Golden Jubilee, she was invited to India, and awarded with the ‘legend of Voice’ award.Malika Pukhraj also recorded her memoirs in the novel Song Sung True.
Begum Jahanara Shahnawaz
– for being a frontline leader in Pakistan movement who had the honour of being the first woman to preside over an Asian legislature. Her father, Sir Mian Mohammad Shafi was one of the founders of All Pakistan Muslim League and a close associate of Quaid-e-Azam. Begum Jahanara Shah Nawaz was the first female member of the all India Muslim League. She was also the first woman in All India Muslim League Council. In 1930 and 1931 she attended the First and the Second Round Table Conferences. respectively ~ as the only Muslim Woman Member and in the Third Round Table Conference in 1932 as the only representative of women for the then British India. She held various positions within Muslim League and remained one of the most prominent women leaders of Pakistan movement. After independence, she became Member of the Pakistan Constituent Assembly and remained active with APWA, of which she was a founding member.
Begum Zari Sarfaraz
– for being a noted businesswoman, political activist and social worker from North West Frontier Province (Now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwah). From around 1943-44, Begum Zari Sarfaraz successfully expanded her family business, including the Premier Sugar Mills and Distillery Company Ltd, in Mardan and also set up other entrepreneurial ventures in various places. Around this time, she also became deeply interested in the rapidly expanding Pakistan Movement. She became a leading young member of this movement and played an active role in furthering the Muslim League’s cause whilst also running her own business from 1945 onwards. After Partition and the Independence of Pakistan in 1947, she remained an active political worker and leader of the Muslim League and was in due course elected as a member of the West Pakistan National Assembly in 1962. During the Gen Zia-ul Haq era, she headed the 15-member Pakistan National Commission on the Status of Women in 1985 and recommended drastic changes in the existing laws to end discrimination against women[ During this time, she also served as the Federal Minister for Women Development. She also headed the All Pakistan Women Association (APWA), and was a life member of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society.
Begum Mahmooda Salim Khan
– for being a prominent social worker who dedicated her life for various national causes. During her active life, she headed various organizations such as Family Planning Association of Pakistan, thePakistan Red Crescent Society, the National Crafts Council of Pakistan, the Anti TB Association of Pakistan, the SOS Children’s Villages, Pakistan and others. She also remained patron-president of the National Youth Council of Pakistan and received the Adelaide Ristori Award , Italy, in 1980, for her work in promoting cultural activities among Pakistani youth. She also received several other national and international awards for social service. During the 1960s, she also remained West Pakistan’s first ever woman cabinet minister, in the General Ayub Khan regime but soon left politics to return full-time to her social work. Begum Salim Khan was active in her social and philanthropic activities till the end of her long and eventful life.
Shehnaz Wazir Ali
– for being a leading political and social activist and parliamentarian. She has served as Special Assistant to Prime Minister and held various key positions such as Chairperson Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and Executive Director Pakistan Institute of Philanthropy. She served as member of National Assembly of Pakistan on reserved seats for women.
– for being an internationally acclaimed ceramist who has the distinction of being Pakistan’s first woman studio potter. her travel and work can be seen with some of the most acclaimed twentieth century potters in Europe, Asia, USA and Canada. 00, she established LAAL, an artists collective, whose mission is to bring cultural and heritage education to young children. She also established Jahan-E-Jahanara, Center for Traditional Arts to contribute/share this passion to/with the children of Lahore. The centre is named after her elder daughter Jahanara Akhlaq, a promising classical dancer who was murdered along with her father, Sheherezade’s husband and noted artist Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq at their Lahore home.
Dr Bibi Begum Qureshi
– for being one of the fist Pakistani women to obtain a PhD. Dr Qureshi held a doctorate in agriculture economics and taught at three foreign universities for many years. She was also said to have taught former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan in Ghana.
She did her MLitt and PhD from the Trinity College of University of Dublin in 1960. She faced financial constraints and at times had to borrow money, but she continued to pursue higher studies.
After completing her studies, Dr Qureshi returned to Pakistan and taught at the Government College for Women in Rawalpindi for about five years. She also taught at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, the University of Lusaka, Zambia, and the University of Nairobi, Kenya. In her last years, he family allegedly abandoned her forcing her to seek shelter in Edhi Home where she breathed her last.
– for her many contributions towards charitable causes specially her services to cancer and aids patients for whom she has been running a free hospice Rahat Kada for the last 25 years. Dr Saira has also been a tennis player and remained women’s champion for Pakistan in her prime years. She later founded Pakistan Women’s Tennis Association that regularly holds events promoting women’s tennis at local level. She also received training for light singing and founded Mausiqar, a group of amateur singers that regularly meets and holds large musical events every month.