Women in Pakistan have been consistently proving their mettle in all walks of life. Here are some of the most inspirational women in the country:
Nergis Mavalvala- Pakistani American Astrophysicist
Nergis Mavalvala, PhD is a Pakistani-American astrophysicist known for her role in the first observation of gravitational waves. Professor of Astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she is also the Associate Head of the Department of Physics.
Maheen Rehman – Investment Banker
Maheen Rahman is the CEO of Alfalah GHP Investment Management Ltd. in Karachi, Rahman was recently featured in Bloomberg Business. She has attracted attention in the business circles for the impressive turnaround of a loss incurring IGI when it was acquired by Alfalah GHP Investment Management back in 2013 and helped it gain 40% in client assets.
Sharmeen Obaid – First Pakistani Filmmaker to receive two Oscars
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a journalist, activist and filmmaker. She has won Academy Awards for her documentaries Saving Face and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness bringing two Oscars to Pakistan. She highlights the important issues that plague the Pakistani society- something that she ends up facing severe backlash for too. However, criticism does not stop her from creating eye opening and thought provoking films.
Laraib Atta – Hollywood Visual Effects Artist
Her filmography includes blockbusters such as X-Men: Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Gravity, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader and Prince Caspian, 10, 000 BC and Johnny Depp’s Sweeney Todd. Laraib has also worked her magic in advertisements for George Micheal, Rolling Stones and Disney and promos including Olympics in China and Nike Football World Cup.
Bilquis Edhi – Pakistani Philanthropist
She has been named, The Mother of Pakistan. She was born in 1947 in Karachi. She heads the Edhi Foundation, and with her husband received the 1986 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service. In 2015, she received the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice. Her charity runs many services in Pakistan including a hospital and emergency service in Karachi.
Malala Yousufzai – Youngest Noble Peace Prize Winner
As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Already a vocal campaigner for education in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai is now one of the most prominent advocates for education in the world today.
Ayesha Farooq –First Pakistani Female Fighter Pilot
Ayesha has been involved in purging Waziristan off Taliban strongholds and is thus a hero in her own right for risking her life for the security and safety of Pakistan. She still maintains close links with her faith and culture yet is breaking taboos and cultural norms by pursuing this profession.
Muniba Mazari – Activist And Social Speaker
She is an artist and motivational speaker. Named as one of the world’s most inspirational women to 2015. First female embassador to fight for gender equality and women empowerment.
Samina Baig- First Pakistani Woman To Climb Mount Everest
Samina Baig is the first Pakistani woman and the third Pakistani to climb Mount Everest. She is also the youngest Muslim woman to climb Everest, having done so at the age of 21. She is from the Gilgit-Baltistan region.
Jehan Ara is the president of the largest tech association in Pakistan by the name of PASHA (Pakistan Software Houses Associations). A company that provides the best software worldwide and runs a Google funded incubation space.