Today, March 8, is International women’s day where we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world. In Pakistan, despite the difficulties, many women have managed to defy stereotypes and overcome cultural challenges to find success and gain worldwide recognition. From Pakistan’s first female fighter pilot to the youngest person in the world to win the Nobel peace prize, these Pakistani Women have made this country proud of their achievements.
Samina Baig – The woman at the top of the world
At age 21, most of us are occupied with our studies, friends and parties. Samina Baig at this age had other plans, becoming the first Pakistan women to climb Mount Everest as well as the youngest Muslim women to do so. She is also the first Muslim to conquer all the seven summits. At age 4, she learned mountaineering even before she learned to ride a bicycle and by age 18, became a fully professional mountain climber.
Muniba Mazari – The woman with substance
While at age 21, glory came to one, tragedy hit another. Muniba Mazari became wheelchair- bound for life after a terrible car accident. Adversity, however, did not stop her from pursuing her passion.With her share determination and talent , she is now an established artist, singer and a great motivational speaker.She also enjoys the honor of being the first wheel-chair bound Anchor and one of the first wheel chair bound model in the world . Last year,she also appointed Pakistan’s first female Goodwill Ambassador by the UN.
Malala Yousafai- The face of Courage
After being nearly killed for her defiance in the face of extremism, her human rights advocacy for education has won Malala worldwide reorganization and turned her activism into a global movement. She has been featured by Time magazine as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” for three consecutive years. Despite the controversies and criticism regarding her prevalent in the country, the fact remains, history will remember her as the symbol of struggle for girl’s education and the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is also the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Prize.
Ayesha Farooq – The Peregrine Falcon
She is Pakistan’s first Female fighter Pilot and also the first to be pass the exams qualifying her fit for battle. She has taken part in the purging of terrorist outfits in Waziristan. She sets an example for many women in the country by breaking stereotypes and feudal norms while remaining close to her faith and culture.
Ghulam Sughra Solangi – The lady who refused to give up
A village girl who was a victim of forced marriage at 12 and became divorced at 18, faith could have been cruel to her if it wasn’t for her resolve to empower herself through education. Despite being abused and beaten by her brothers for her pursuit, she became the first woman in her village to finish high school. She later became the first female teacher at her village and founded the Marvi Rural Development Foundation with the goal of eradicating illiteracy, promoting the well-being and development of community through women empowerment. For her work, she is a recipient of International Women of Courage award.
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