Women have always played an important role in the struggle and success of Pakistan. Here are X Pakistani women who have made Pakistan proud:
1. Bilquis Eidhi
Bilquis Edhi, wife of Abdul Sattar Eidhi, is one of the most active philanthropists in Pakistan. She is not only a social worker, she is a humanitarian.
2. Ayesha Farooq
She is one of five women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force. Ayesha is Pakistan’s first war-ready female fighter pilot.
3. Samina Baig
Samina is the first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest. She is also the youngest Muslim woman to climb Everest. She is also the first Pakistani womna and the first Muslim to climb the seven summits.
4. Shamshad Akhtar
She is a Pakistani Development economist, diplomat and intellectual who serves as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. She was also the first woman to become the Governor of The State Bank of Pakistan.
5. Muniba Mazari
Muniba Mazari, is a Pakistani artist, writer and motivational speaker. Mazari was named as one of the BBC’s 100 most inspirational women for 2015. She is Pakistan’s first female goodwill ambassador to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
6. Jehan Ara
She is the president of the largest tech-association in Pakistan and runs a Google-funded incubation space.
7. Kishwar Naheed
Kishwar is an Urdu poet. She has received Sitara-e-Imtiaz for her literary contribution towards Urdu literature.
8. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a journalist, activist and a filmmaker. She has won two Oscars for her documentaries. She is the first Pakistani to win an Oscar. She has also won an Emmy for another documentary and is the first non-American to win the Livingston Award.
9. Malala Yousafzai
She is an activist for female education and the youngest Nobel-Prize laureate. She has received many national and international honours.
10. Maria Umar
Maria is the founder and president of Women’s Digital League (WDL), an online platform that provides digital training and work to Pakistani women.
11. Mashall Chaudhri
Mashall Chaudhri is the founder of the Reading Room Project (RRP), which uses the internet and the blended learning to teach Pakistani low-income students how to self-learn.
12. Namira Salim
Namira Salim is the first Pakistani to travel into space and to reach the North and South Pole.
13. Sidra Iqbal
She is a television journalist and a development activist. She is the first Pakistani to be awarded the GR8 Women Award for Journalism by the Government of UAE and the Indian Television Academy.
14. Nighat Dad
Nighat Dad is a Pakistani lawyer and Internet activist who founded the not-for-profit organisation Digital Rights Foundation. She was named in the TIME magazine’s list of next generation 2015 for helping Pakistani women fight online harassment.
15. Syeda Ghulam Fatima
Fatima has devoted her life to ending bonded labor.
16. Shazia Perveen
Shazia Perveen is Pakistan’s first firefighter.
17. Fiza Farhan
Fiza Farhan is a Pakistani entrepreneur in power sector who is working for promotion of Green Energy in the country. She is CEO of Buksh Foundation and director of Buksh Energy. She was also part of the ’30 under 30’ list by Forbes magazine for Social Entrepreneurs in 2015. She has also been appointed a Member of the first ever High-Level Panel of the UN Secretary-General on Women’s Economic Empowerment.