International Women’s Day highlights a pressing matter at hand; women’s equal representation worldwide. Several women continue to work for gender equality and Pakistani women are an equal participant for that.
Here are our picks of the most inspirational women of Pakistan who continue work for women empowerment:
1. Bilquis Edhi
The Mother of Pakistan, a nurse by profession and an active philanthropist has served humanity ever since she joined the Edhi Foundation. Her services and dedication cannot be defined in words.
2. Haseena Moin
Writer of the first ever original script of Pakistan, the Pakistani dramatist, playwright and scriptwriter needs no introduction. She has won many international awards for her extraordinary scripts. Awarded the Pride of Pakistan, we are indebted to her contributions to the performing arts of Pakistan.
3. Asma Shirazi
Known for her ethical journalism practices and awarded the Peter Mackler Award 2014 which is given to one journalist annually for their unbiased reporting, Asma is the first female war correspondent of Pakistan.
4. Muniba Mazari
A painter, social activist, motivational speaker, model, TV anchor and singer Muniba, the National Ambassador of UN Women Pakistan might be differently-abled but that does not hinder her to work for the betterment of women and men alike.
5. Shazia Parveen
Selected from 600 candidates, she is the first female fire fighter of Pakistan. Trained to swim, jump and rescue, she works shoulder to shoulder with men in the team. She opted for a profession that many women find to be very daring in hopes to attain gender equality.
6. Mehwish Ekhlaque
One of the few female motorcyclists of Pakistan, she continues to work for women empowerment in a unique way; riding a bike with a group of men. She continues to be ray of hope for many women of Pakistan who wish to ride bikes just like men and use it as means of commute.
7. Salma Habib
A saviour to street children, she is set on a mission to educate them. Through her non-profit initiative Taleem Ko Aam Karo she aims to bridge the gaps within our society through art, providing expression to children who spend their lives under the open sky.
8. Samina Baig
The first and only Pakistani woman to conquer the seven summits has proved that the sky is literally her limit. The purpose of her expedition alongside her brother was the promotion of gender equality.
9. Syeda Ghulam Fatima
Voice of the bonded labourers, she is a human and civil rights activist known for her efforts to end bonded labour in the brick kilns of Pakistan. She has freed 80,000 bonded labourers across Pakistan.
10. Nadia Hussain
Mother to four, a dentist, a model and a makeup artist, Nadia Hussain is an all-rounder promoting that women can conquer all and rise above everything without compromising their family values.
Here’s to the strong women: may we know them, may we raise them, may we be them.