Iron ladies of Pakistan ( Most inspirational women of Pakistan )
Most inspirational women of Pakistan
Living in a patriarchal world, a lot of times we hear how weak women are and how they can’t compete with men which evidently is wrong and the following women are living example of it, though we can make a list of thousands of inspirational Pakistani women and it still wouldn’t be enough but for now we picked 10 most inspirational women of Pakistan.
List of most inspirational women of Pakistan
1) Muniba Mazari
After sustaining terrible injuries in a car accident in 2007, Muniba Mazari lost the ability to walk leaving her to depend on wheelchair for the rest of her life, at this point a normal person would’ve given up hopes of living a normal life but being the strong independent woman she is, she never gave up and instead became Pakistan’s only wheelchair bound anchor and host. She is a social rights activist for men women and children, a motivational speaker and the National ambassador for UN Women Pakistan.
She is often called the iron lady of Pakistan.
2) Dr Ruth Pfau
Dr Ruth Pfau, also known as Pakistan’s Mother Teresa. Originally from Germany, she came to Pakistan in 1960 aged 31, she visited different cities of Pakistan and decided she’ll dedicate the rest of her life to the leprosy patients of Pakistan. She started the medical treatment of Leprosy patients in a small hut in Karachi and eventually helped establish 157 Leprosy clinics all across Pakistan and treated thousands of patients. For her more than 50 years of work for the treatment of Leprosy patients in Pakistan she has definitely earned a spot in our list of most inspirational Pakistani women.
On 10th of August 2017 she passed away, State bank of Pakistan issued a 50 Rupee coin to honor the memory of Ruth Pfau
3) Jehan Ara
Jehan Ara is an entrepreneur, a social activist and also a motivational speaker, she is the president of Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT and ITES (P@SHA) which is an association started by multiple Software houses of Pakistan. She has been working for Internet freedom in Pakistan. In 2016, she was invited to the White House by Barack Obama to speak about entrepreneurship in Pakistan and female entrepreneurs in Pakistan.
4) Marium Mukhtiar
Karachi born, Marium Mukhtiar was among the very few female Air Force officers in Pakistan also she was the very first female combat pilot in Pakistan making the whole nation and specially the women immensely proud of her.
On 24 November, 2015, she died after her aircraft crashed in Mianwali.
After getting shot at the age of 15 by talibaan, Malala got international recognition which she used to her advantage and started Malala fund which helps underprivileged kids with their education, specially girls. Malala fund has donated millions for different projects, she also donated and helped the Syrian refugees.
Malala in among one of the most inspirational women of Pakistan and the rest of the world too, which is why she received a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17, making her the youngest Nobel Peace Prize receiver.
6) Asma Jahangir
Asma Jahangir also known as the Iron Lady of Pakistan, was perhaps one of the bravest Pakistani woman, she was a social activist, and a human rights lawyer. She fought for anyone and everyone’s freedom, discrimination against the minorities, she even fought for people who didn’t support her at the time of their difficulties. She received multiple awards for her work and her death was a great loss for Pakistan.
She also faced jail during the Zia-ul-Haq’s regime for opposing the military coup and for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy.
7) Shaheena Waqar
Shaheena Waqar in 1997 established an organization named Women Aid Trust, her organization helps woman in prisons learn different skills, from computer classes to sewing classes and other skills too so once they get out they can live a normal life an earn a decent living.
8) Tahira Qazi
Tahira Qazi was the principal of Army Public School Peshawar, on December 16 2014 when a group of terrorists attacked the school and asked her where the students were, instead of running for her life she did not tell them and said they are my children for which she got shot.
9) Fatima Jinnah
Fatimah Jinnah, the sister of Quaid-e-Azam was one of the leading founders of Pakistan, both Quaid-e-Azam and Fatima Jinnah worked side by side for independence and creation of Pakistan. For her hard work and dedication she was given the title of Māder-e Millat (“Mother of the Nation”) and Khātūn-e Pākistān (“Lady of Pakistan”).
10) Arfa Karim
Arfa Karim was a child prodigy from Pakistan, at the age of 9 she became the youngest Microsoft certified Professional in 2004. She was invited by Bill Gates to visit the Microsoft Headquarters.
11) Samina Baig
At the young age of 21, in 2013, Samina Baig climbed the Mount Everest making her the only Pakistani woman to ever climb Mount Everest and all the seven summits as well as the youngest Muslim woman to achieve this, her achievements makes her an inspiration for women all over Pakistan and all over the world.
12) Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is a filmmaker and women’s rights activist, she is well known for making movies on topics that requires serious awareness, such as throwing acid on girls’ faces , tough lives of transgender etc. She is the first Pakistani to ever win an Oscar, her short documentaries Saving Face and The girl in the river both won an Oscar each.
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