Labour rights activist Syeda Ghulam Fatima, general secretary of the Bonded Labour Liberation Front Pakistan (BLLF), was presented with the Clinton Global Citizen Award 2015 for leadership in civil society. She works for the betterment of bonded labour in Pakistan and is known for advocating compliance of International Labour Organisation’s key labour standards in Pakistan.
Syeda Ghulam Fatima
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy became the first Pakistani who won two Oscar awards. Sharmeen won in the Best Documentary Short Subject for A Girl In The River: The Price of Forgiveness in the 88th Academy awards. The documentary which sheds light on honour killings in Pakistan follows the story of a teenage girl shot in the face by her own family.
Nida Mahmoed is the First and only feminist poet of Pakistan. She is also the only English published poet till yet in the country. Nida is unique as she is going against all the tides by writing feminism as prose which is intolerable by her society. She got famous through her insta-poetry in which she highlighted the issues and feelings of women in the form of poetry and prose. Her poetry has been featured at various platforms internationally. She has been recognized for her voice against women abuse and women rights.
Muniba Mazari is a Pakistani artist, writer and motivational speaker. She uses a wheelchair due to injuries sustained in a car accident. She is also a singer and activist. She was named Pakistan’s first female Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
Hina Rabbani Khar
Hina Rabbani Khar was the 26th Foreign Minister of Pakistan. Hina is a stateswoman, economist and politician, started her political career as Minister of State. She has successfully contested 2008 general election and continued her post, appointed first female Foreign Minister in July 2011. One of the highest ranking females in Pakistani politics Hina Rabbani Khar beolned to powerful feudal Muslim Khar Jatt and named as one of most beautiful female politician served as high ranking member of the Central Executive Committee.
Maleeha Lodhi is Pakistani political scientist, diplomat, columnist, and strategist who serves as the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, She was the first woman to hold this position. She has served twice as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US (1994-1997 & 1999-2002). She is the only person from Pakistan and had also served for five years as the country’s ambassador to Great Britain (2003 -2008).
Dr. Nergis Mavalvala
Nergis Mavalvala is a Pakistan-born astrophysicist played a part in discovery of gravitational waves. She is a Professor who worked with researchers at the US-based underground detectors Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Laboratory to build sophisticated sensors to detect gravitational ripples created from the collision of two black holes some 1.3 billion years ago and had been hurtling through space to reach Earth on September 14, 2015. The detection confirmed a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.
No doubt all Pakistani women are bad-ass but still there are some who dazzle the most among us. Today I am sharing Nine tough, uncompromising women of Pakistan whom are standing against all the tides of the society. These women have passion and succeed to achieve their dreams.