The world in the past has been ruled by force and man has dominated over women by reason of his more powerful and aggressive qualities both of body and mind. But now we can see that the balance is shifting and force is losing its dominance – other qualities in which women are strong, such as intuition, love, service, compassion, tenderness of heart, receptiveness and peace are gaining ascendancy. Pakistani women are immensely talented and they have made their mark all over the world. Here are some highly talented and inspiring women of Pakistan.
Pakistan is a country where, despite the prevailing errs of society hope still exists. Parveen Saeed the owner of ‘Khana Ghar’ is an example of such hope in society. A resident of Surjani Town, heard news of a woman who had murdered her two children because she was unable to feed them, and could not bear to watch them slowly starve to death. This incident got Parveen thinking that surely there is enough food in Pakistan that no one need go hungry. With this motive and determination in 2002 Khana Ghar was launched. Khana Ghar is a small dhaba (hut like restaurant) in Khuda Ki Basti located in Karachi. This dhaba provides a full meal (one roti and saalan) to anyone who wants to eat for only 3 rupees.
Who doesn’t know about Arfa Karim? She was a Pakistani student and computer prodigy who, in 2004 at the age of nine, became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional. Arfa represented Pakistan on various international forums including the TechEd Developers Conference. She also received the President’s Award for Pride of Performance. A science park in Lahore, the Arfa Software Technology Park, was named after her. She was invited by Bill Gates to visit Microsoft Headquarters in the U.S.
Jehan Ara the name which is known for her efforts in information technology and the genius behind PASHA (Pakistan Software Houses Associations). Jehan Ara is the President of PASHA for IT and ITES. The company collaborates with other companies to provide its customers with the best of software services and products. Jehan Ara has been dynamic as President of PASHA as well as worked for nearly three decades in the following field in Pakistan, UAE and Hong Kong. She is a speaker, an entrepreneur and an author for different Industrial publications.
Ayesha is a female Pakistani fighter pilot. Ayesha is from the city of Bahawalpur, she is one of five women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force. Flight Lieutenant Ayesha Farooq, is the first of six female fighter pilots in the force to pass the final exams to qualify for battle. She will now fly missions in a Chinese-made F7PG fighter jet alongside her 24 male colleagues in Squadron 20. She certainly is an inspiration for every women.
While doing her bachelor in fine arts, she met a road accident which made her paraplegic. Although wheelchair bound, her spirit and artistry knows no bounds. In fact, she takes the agony of spinal cord injury as a challenge and is more determined to express her sentiments through her art work. Currently, she is running her brand by the name ‘Muniba’s Canvas’ with the slogan ‘Let Your Walls Wear Colors’ and her medium is Oil Pastels. Not only is she an accomplished artist, but she is often seen shedding light on the greyer areas of Pakistani society with elegance and grace. She is not only an inspiration for women, but every handicapped person.
Rabia is the master mind and the chief executive of Toffee TV. It is an awesome educational guide that helps kids learn through Urdu stories, songs and fun filled activities. From playing her guitar and singing songs in her story sessions to the kids or having a discussion with the IT professionals, there is something contagious about her energy. She is also the co-founder of Rasala Publications. She has been awarded with the prestigious The Ladies Fund Trailblazer Award.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Sharmeen is a Pakistani journalist and documentary filmmaker.She won an Academy Award for her documentary, Saving Face in 2012 and became the first Pakistani to win an Oscar. She won an Emmy for her documentary, Pakistan: Children of the Taliban in 2010. She is also the first non-American to win the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.She has been lauded as Pakistan’s first Oscar winner by the press and government. The Pakistani president conferred the Hilal-e-Imtiaz on Obaid-Chinoy on 23 March 2012, for bringing honor to Pakistan as a filmmaker.