Tribute to Pakistani Women Part 8
Atiya Fyzee Rahamin
– for being a leading patron of art, culture, music and literature and for being an accomplished artist and poet herself who chose to settle in Pakistan after partition at the request of Mr. Jinnah and continued to patronize art and culture in Karachi till her death.
Begum Kulsoom Saifullah Khan
– for her outstanding contributions as one of the leading women politicians from the frontier province who played a key role in national politics heading one of the most prominent political families hailing from the province; for her long-standing social work towards the welfare of the underprivileged in her province
– for championing the cause of girls’ education in a conservative Taliban-influenced province of Pakistan and for braving an assault by the Taliban that led to an international campaign for the right of education to all children worldwide. Malala is the youngest nominee for Nobel Peace Prize in History.
– for being a distinguished and respected environmentalist, journalist, rights activist and editor who rose to prominence for her endeavors in environmental journalism and human rights. Saneeya died in Brazil in 2005.
– for actively promoting female education, health and political awareness in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through Association for Behaviour and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT) that she founded in 1994. AKBT has undertaken a number of development projects for upliftment of the areas it functions in through local and international funding. Shad Begum was awarded International Women of Courage Award by US First Lady and Secretary of State in March 2012.
– for her achievements in the field of art spanning more than 50 years; for being one of the senior most women artists in Pakistan who’s famous as Modern Romanticist. Hajra has showcased her work all over the world and earned immense recognition for herself and for Pakistan. In recognition for her work, she received many awards at state level and was declared “Safeer e Mashriq” or Ambassador of the East.
– for showing people that physical disability cannot be a hindrance on the path of success; for being an ace artist and writer who inspires people all across through her flawless portrayal of true emotions and through her motivational speeches that touch all the right chords. A road accident made her paraplegic but she refused to be pulled down and instead went ahead to give more power to others using her artistic and creative prowess.
Justice (Retd) Nasira Javed Iqbal
– for being one of the leading women jurists and legal commentators who spent a lifetime working for the rights of women. Besides serving as a Judge Lahore High Court from 1994-2002, she also served as Member of Pakistan’s Delegation Human Rights Commission, Geneva, Member Supreme Court Bar Association, Member Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan and President of Lahore High court Bar association.
Begum Khurshid Mirza
– for being one of the pioneering film and television actresses who started her career in pre-partition India as a film actress and classical vocalist with the name “Renuka Devi”. Daughter of Subcontinent’s leading educationsts Sheikh Abdullah and Waheed Jahan and sister of legendary Dr Rashid Jahan, Khurshid Mirza moved to Pakistan after partition along with her husband and continued to pursue her artistic passion through television drama.
– for being one of the top women bankers in Pakistan today who is currently serving as Head Branch Banking, Habib Bank Limited. She’s Member Board of HBL Asset Management and also serving as Chair, Karachi Grammar School Board of Governors.
– for selflessly and devotedly serving the poorest of the poor for the last 25 years by providing food for as low as Rs 3. A holder of Masters in Journalism, Parveen dedicated her life to feeding the poor through her organization “Khana Ghar” that operates from Khuda Ki Basti and provides food to over 300 people on a daily basis.
– for being one of the most powerful women corporate executives in Pakistan who rose to senior most positions at a fairly young age. From Consumer Head of Citibank Pakistan to Chairman Unilever and currently Managing Director L’Oreal Pakistan, Musharaf Hai is a force to reckon with.
– for being the first woman to head a business association in Pakistan. Unjela is the Secretary General of Overseas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which is the ace business association of multinational and foreign companies working in Pakistan.
– for founding and running SOS villages for the last almost four decades with total dedication and commitment. The idea of establishing SOS villages in Pakistan was conceived by her sister Attiya Inayatullah who was then based in Nepal where she had visited SOS villages and taken a keen interest in their work. Souriya took the task of establishing the first centre in Lahore which was completed in 1977 and since then there has been no looking back.
– for being one of the most respected feminist activists and academics in Pakistan. One of the founders of Women’s Action Forum, she’s working as Executive Director of ASR Resource Centre which focuses on women’s rights, human rights and the rights of the marginalized. Nighat is also the Dean of Studies on the Institute of Women’s Studies, Lahore. Nighat has been involved in national, regional and international peace movements and is a founder/board member of several peace groups, networks, alliances, including the Pakistan India Forum for Peace and GPPAC.
Baela Raza Jamil
– for being an internationally recognized academicians whose name is synonymous to education in Pakistan and whose services as an activist and children’s rights advocate are second to none. Baela is a former Technial Advisor to Ministry of Education and serves on boards of many government, academic and civil society organizations Pakistan as well as on abroad.
– for being one of the most celebrated, respected and sought after chefs whose recipes are followed by Pakistani men and women in large numbers. Zubaida apa, as she’s fondly called by her countless admirers, is also known for her useful home remedies. Zubaida Tariq is a household name and her recipe books are considered bestsellers.
Dr Masuma Hasan
– for being one of the leading scholars, activists and bureaucrats who has the distinction of being one of the first women who rose to the position of a Federal Secretary in Pakistan. Dr. Hasan also served as he Chairperson of Group of 77 at the UN inVienna, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Office in Vienna & International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and other international organizations, and Pakistan’s ambassador to International Atomic Energy Agency and Austria (with accreditation to Slovenia andSlovakia).
– for being a prolific and widely read Urdu novel and short story writer, columnist, social worker, businesswoman and Parliamentarian who served thrice as Member Punjab Assembly as well as Member National Assembly of Pak
– for being the first Pakistani woman and the third Pakistani to climb Mount Everest. She’s also the youngest mountaineer from the Muslim world to have climbed the Everest, having done so at the age of 21. She was the first person to climb Chashkin Sar peak in Pakistan which was later renamed Samina Peak after her.
Maria Toorpakay Wazir
– for being the first woman from Pakistan’s tribal areas to play Squash professionally and make a name for herself in the game globally. Rated as Pakistan’s number one and world’s number 53rd, Maria had to disguise as a boy initially to be able to play squash owing to the extremely conservative culture of the tribal areas. She eventually traveled to Canada where she got her training and entered the professional world of Squash where she earned accolades within a very short time.