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100 Pakistani Women Who Matter

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    Entrepreneurs

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    Nasreen Kasuri
    Started a kindergarten group at her in-laws’ home in the ’70s. Today, her sprawling education empire has an impressive 211,323 full-time students, the Beaconhouse National University, and schools in eight other countries.

    Sajida Zulfiqar Khan
    Founded Pearl Furniture in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in 2003 after her husband’s death. Her company now exports to the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.

    Zeenat Saeed Ahmed
    Set up Taneez, in 2000, which is now one of Pakistan’s premier makers of home accessories. Ahmed’s thriving business has also helped preserve traditional silverware-making techniques. She has five stores in Pakistan and two in Canada.

    Roshaneh Zafar
    The granddaughter of singer Malika Pukhraj and daughter of Sen. S. M. Zafar quit Wall Street to start the Kashf Foundation in 1995. Zafar, 42, has been hailed by Forbes and President Obama for her Grameen-inspired microfinance initiatives.

    Ambarine Bukharey
    She is Pakistan’s first woman gemologist and was the country’s first ambassador to the International Color Gemstone Association. She’s worked with USAID to brand Pakistani gemstones and professionalize the mining industry. Her Menika Mines is currently operating in Skardu.

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    Mukhtar Mai
    A Pakistani icon who turned her personal tragedy—her gang-rape in 2002—into an untiring campaign for justice and education. She has set up the Mukhtar Mai Women’s Organization and schools in her village, Meerwala. Now married and a mother, Mai’s appeal against the release of her alleged rapists remains pending with the Supreme Court.

    Nilofer Saeed
    Director of The Citizens Foundation, a nongovernmental organization running some 730 purpose-built schools nationwide with an enrollment of 102,000 students.

    Masarrat Misbah
    Set up the Depilex Smile Again Foundation in 2003 to help female survivors of acid and kerosene attacks in Pakistan. Misbah’s organization supports survivors with reconstructive surgery and vocational training.

    Laila Nusrat
    Chairperson of the Bali Memorial Trust, a nonprofit she founded in 1998 for the development and welfare of the underprivileged through health, education and microfinance programs.

    Sarah Belal
    Lawyer and director at the Justice Project Pakistan, an NGO aligned with Reprieve. For the last three years, Belal has been providing legal and humanitarian assistance to Pakistani prisoners on death row. She is also a vocal critic of U.S. drone strikes and the illegal detention of Pakistanis at American facilities in Afghanistan.

    Entertainers​


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    Juggan Kazim
    Actress and producer who will soon anchor the morning show on News 5.

    Aamina Sheikh
    Model and actress whose TV drama Mera Saeen airs in April.

    Kiran Chaudhry
    Lawyer turned singer whose band, Club Caramel, drops its debut album by year’s end.

    Meesha Shafi
    Singer and model who stars in Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

    Zoe Viccaji
    Karachi-based chanteuse who has two new singles coming out in May.

    Media Mavens​


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    Rameeza Nizami
    Managing editor and publisher at Nawa-i-Waqt Group.

    Rabia Garib
    Editor-in-chief of CIO Pakistan.

    Munizae Jahangir
    Documentary filmmaker and TV journalist.

    Samina Khan
    Publisher and editor-in-chief of Paper Magazine. Meher Tareen is the quarterly's executive editor and co-publisher.

    Zahraa Assad Saifullah
    CEO and publisher of Hello! Pakistan.

    Trailblazers

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    • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
    Arguably Pakistan’s most celebrated woman after Saving Face, her documentary with Daniel Junge, won Pakistan its first Oscar in February.

    Malala Yousafzai
    The 14-year-old from Swat has faced threats from the Taliban for demanding education for girls.

    Namira Salim
    The first Pakistani in space, and the first one to go to both the North Pole and South Pole.

    Shahzadi Gulfam
    Winner of the U.N.’s 2011 International Female Police Peacekeeper Award, Gulfam has been deployed with the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste since 2010. She has previously served in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.

    Zehra Ali
    Founder of insulation company Ghonsla, the MIT alum also teaches salsa in Lahore.

    Rising Stars​


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    • Maryam Nawaz Sharif
    The new life of the party.

    Aseefa Bhutto Zardari
    The ambassador for polio eradication will lead the PPP one day, not her brother.

    Khalida Brohi
    The 23-year-old launched Sughar, an NGO striving to end honor killings, child marriages and other medieval customs in her native Balochistan.

    Mira Sethi
    Assistant books editor at The Wall Street Journal is one of Pakistan’s best new journalists. It runs in the family, she’s the daughter of The Friday Times’ power couple Jugnu Mohsin and Najam Sethi.

    Umema Adil, 14
    At 11, she became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional in the world until Arfa Karim.

    Art World Sensations​


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    • Mehreen Rizvi-Khursheed
    Heads the Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art department at Bonhams.

    Ayesha Jatoi
    Artist and founder of Sohbet, a biannual journal of contemporary art and culture.

    Seher Shah
    Her mix of art and architecture has wowed around the world.

    Sadia Shirazi
    Architect and curator.

    Aisha Khalid
    Contemporary miniature painter.
     
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    Fabulous Fashionistas​


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    • Sana Hashwani and Safinaz Muneer
    For over 20 years, the pair has been setting trends in Pakistan’s fashion world with their signature filigreed works. Their Oscars after-party dress for Obaid-Chinoy was a triumph.

    Maliha Ahmed
    Creative director of DL1961, a denim company she co-owns with her husband and which stocks in 1,600 stores worldwide.

    Faryal Aftab
    The flame-haired creative half of Muse, the hip label founded by Princeton graduate and former banker Moeed Yousaf in 2009. Muse shows in Paris later this year.

    Feeha Jamshed
    The daughter of Teejays founder Tanvir Jamshed has revitalized the fashion house since taking over creative charge.

    Comeback Queens​


    • Atiqa Odho
    Raise your glass to her wicked turn in Humsafar.

    Nadia Khan
    Pakistan’s exuberant morning show queen is back on air after a two-year hiatus.

    Aliya Zaidi
    Pakistan’s top model from the ’90s is still turning heads.

    Sakina Samo
    The mainstay of PTV dramas of the ’80s is back. This time she also directs.

    Mishi Khan
    The once ample beauty is lending a hand to Pakistan’s Sesame Street, Sim Sim Hamara.

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    • Bilquis Edhi
    For dedicating their lives to social service, she and her husband, Abdul Sattar Edhi, are revered in Pakistan as saints. The couple operates one of the world’s largest private ambulance services, and their organization has done relief work in places like Haiti, and the U.S.

    Nasim Wali Khan
    She made history in 1977 by becoming the first woman from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to get elected to the National Assembly. She was a close confidante of her husband, Abdul Wali Khan, whose Awami National Party is now led by her stepson.

    Zeba Ali
    The first lady of the silver screen starred in hits like Armaan, Insaan Aur Aadmi, and Mohabbat. She and her late husband, Mohammad Ali, were Lollywood’s original power couple.

    Zehra Nigah
    The other famous sibling of Anwar Maqsood and Fatima Surraiya Bajia, Nigah carved out space for women in contemporary Urdu poetry.

    Farida Khanum
    She started at age 15 and eventually became one of Pakistan’s leading ghazal singers. Now 77, Khanum was conferred the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2005.


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    • Kamila Shamsie
    Award-winning author of Kartography is currently working on her next novel.

    Farhat Ishtiaq
    The 31-year-old’s novel Humsafar became the biggest TV smash in recent years.

    Fatima Bhutto
    Poet, writer, and activist of unparalleled passion.

    Fahmida Riaz
    Urdu poet has a book of short stories out this year.

    Uzma Aslam Khan
    Geometry of God author is on the tenure track at the University of Hawaii.

    Bold Voices​


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    • Asma Jahangir
    Pakistan’s fearless and most famous human rights advocate is also a sharp critic of the excesses of the judiciary. Last year, she became the first woman to head the Supreme Court Bar Association.

    Farahnaz Ispahani
    From the Kharotabad killings to the Parachinar massacre, President Zardari’s well-respected spokesperson is one of the clearest and most consistent voices for human rights and justice in the National Assembly.

    Amina Janjua
    It started with a search for answers. Janjua’s Defense of Human Rights Pakistan is now leading the battle to recover Pakistanis who have vanished without a trace, including her husband, Masood.

    Bushra Gohar
    The ANP lawmaker goes where men fear to tread. Gohar continues to point out the security establishment’s errors of omission and commission and was the first M.P. to demand ISI chief Pasha’s resignation after Abbottabad.

    Marvi Sirmed
    When she’s not putting quacks like Zaid Hamid in their place on national TV or being reprimanded in the Senate for being a liberal, the intrepid columnist works with lawmakers as part of the UNDP’s capacity building effort.

    Unsung Heroes​


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    • The women of Rescue 1122
    The emergency response task force started inducting women a year after its founding in 2004. Rescue 1122 now has a total of 87 full-time female employees, including dispatchers, community safety trainers, and eight EMTs who respond to field emergencies.

    Azra Raza
    The oncologist and Columbia University professor’s work has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine and Nature. In 2009, Dr. Raza co-wrote Ghalib: Epistemologies of Elegance with author and Yale professor Sara Suleri-Goodyear.

    Nasreen Jalil
    The newly-elected senator organized the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s “Empowered Women, Stronger Pakistan” rally in Karachi on Feb. 19. The BBC called it the largest gathering of women ever organized anywhere in the world.

    Bazah Roohi
    The 37-year-old founded the American Council of Minority Women in 2007, and the New York State Senate honored her last year for her human rights work. Roohi also runs an accounting firm, Bi Bi Jan, to help Pakistani expats keep their books.

    M. H. Sherazee
    Born in 1924, Sherazee became president of the Pakistan Society for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled 23 years ago. The Lahore-based nonprofit has treated over 400,000 patients since its founding in 1957 and has its own hospital, school, vocational centers, and microfinance arm. Sherazee has also worked with the All Pakistan Women’s Association and written pamphlets for the Pakistan Girl Guides Association.


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    • Sana Mir
    The heart-stopping skipper led the women’s cricket team to last year’s Twenty20 victory and also the 2010 Asian Games win. She’s moved up to No. 14 on the latest Reliance ICC ODI Championship Bowling Rankings.

    Palwasha Bashir
    The 24-year-old is ranked the No. 1 woman badminton player in Pakistan and took the bronze at the 2010 South Asian Games in Dhaka.

    Saba Aziz
    In the four years since going pro, Aziz has notched up several wins including last year’s Aisam-ul-Haq Masters Tennis Championship and the 27th Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championship.

    Kiran Khan
    After winning 13 medals at the 28th Pakistan National Games in 2001—when she was 11—Khan has done swimmingly well at the World Islamic Games, the South Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games, and the 2008 Olympics. She also runs swimming camps for children.

    Raheela Bano
    Pakistan’s top female cyclist went pro at 16, in 2002. She won the silver medal at the 2010 South Asian Games.


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    Farzana Raja
    The BISP chairperson is on every PPP M.P.’s speed dial.

    Faryal Talpur
    The president’s sister has been quietly rebuilding the PPP.

    Sherry Rehman
    Pakistan’s most important and ablest ambassador.

    Nargis Sethi
    Acting defense secretary is country’s most influential bureaucrat.

    Hina Rabbani Khar
    Pakistan’s first woman foreign minister knows how to work any room.

    Most Powerful in Opposition

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    • Marvi Memon
    Social media queen spurned Imran Khan’s advances and joined Nawaz Sharif’s party.

    Samia Raheel Qazi
    Sensible champion of rights and head of the Jamaat-e-Islami’s women’s wing.

    Shireen Mazari
    PTI’s foreign policy wonk is a staunch advocate of national honor.

    Asiya Nasir
    JUIF lawmaker continues crusading for the rights of Pakistan’s minorities.

    Anusha Rahman Khan
    PMLN lawyer and M.P. helped shape the Punjab Women’s Empowerment Package
     
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    Women Who Should Govern​


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    • Maleeha Lodhi
    After representing Pakistan in the U.S. and the U.K., Dr. Lodhi returned to her roots in journalism as a special advisor to the Jang Group. Last year, she edited Pakistan: Beyond the Crisis State, a book of essays from top names like Ayesha Jalal.

    Nafis Sadik
    The former under-secretary-general of the U.N., Dr. Sadik became the first woman to head the United Nations Population Fund, in 1987. She is currently a special advisor to the current secretary-general of the world body.

    Shamshad Akhtar
    The first woman to head the State Bank of Pakistan, Dr. Akhtar was included in The Wall Street Journal’s list of 10 Women to Watch in Asia, in 2008. Most recently, she was the World Bank’s vice president for the Middle East and North Africa.

    Aleema Khan
    She works with buyers like Macy’s to promote Pakistani textiles in foreign markets, a cause for which she lobbied the U.S. Congress shortly after 9/11. Khan’s also a part of SAARC’s Sabah initiative and her brother’s Imran Khan Foundation.

    Musharaf Hai
    From Unilever to Citibank to L’Oreal, Hai means business. One of Pakistan’s sharpest corporate chiefs, Hai founded the Lux Style Awards and is a recipient of the Sitara-e-Imtiaz. The secret of her success? “Trust, truth, teamwork.”


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    • Naz Mansha
    The Midas touch behind Nishat Linen.

    Bushra Aitzaz
    Advocate of women’s cricket.

    Aamna Taseer
    Pakistan’s steeliest chief executive.

    Tehmina Durrani
    The original activist.

    Umber Hyatt
    Coke Studio producer.

    Women We Hate​


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    • Veena Malik, spark
    She’s hot and entertaining but certainly no icon of empowerment.

    Maya Khan, TV host
    We can’t decide which was worse, the incredulous explanation or the original sin.

    Waheeda Shah, PPP politician
    Her slap was heard around the country.

    Seemal Kamran, PML politician
    M.P. hit sour note with proposal to ban concerts in the Punjab.

    Zainab Bibi, maneater
    Made minced meat of her man.

    Women We Wish Were in Pakistan​


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    • Nadia Ali
    The Libya-born Pakistani-American singer was nominated for a Grammy last year for “Fantasy.”

    Jemima Khan
    Assange supporter and New Statesman journalist is still close to her ex-husband, Imran.

    Mishal Husain
    The sedate BBC journalist will be co-hosting the media organization’s London Olympics coverage.

    Nargis Fakhri
    She’s been on America’s Next Top Model and starred in last year’s Bollywood hit Rockstar.

    Huma Abedin
    Deputy chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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    awesome ! as i have said in the past pakistani women are really kicking nowdays both in pakistan and abroad :pakistan:
    also the number is not limited to 100 though ALL pakistani women matter :agree:
     
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    List is fine but did not like to see Asma Jahangir and Mukhtara Mai.

    Asma obviously gains popularity by bashing the Pakistan army, be it logically or illogically.

    Mukhtara Mai should be history by now. She wasn't the only women gang raped in the history of humanity. She already collected millions of rupees for the "zulm" jo us ke ooper howa thaa. Lets forget that and move on with the new faces

    PS: Personal opinion only so you are free to disgaree
     
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    Yeah I don't agree with some of the women on the list, but they all represent Pakistan in some shape or form.
     
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    Just remove Veena and add ARFA KARIM in the "women we wish were in Pakistan" section...
     
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    don't forget carla khan one of most famous pakistani women athletes I know she's retired now but she could have played for england but instead she chose to represent pakistan and she's still reppin pakistanis nicely and trying to do good things for pakistan.I love that she has the khyber pass on he website her pakistani pashtun side going strong still i see hehe

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    They forgot Sherhbano Taseer.
     
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    Not many people know her. So it is logical to ignore her

    in my opinion actress Reema Khan would probably make in top 100 women before her
     
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    Too many threads about Pakistani woman here on Defence pk

    Does this mean we Pakistanis have lost all hope in our men folk ? :fie:
     
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    To be fair, I've never heard of some of these women on the list before.

    And yeah Reema and even Meera should have been on there
     
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    No brother, It is a sad truth of life. Men are being discriminated in the 21st century. That is why I often share the picture of that Australian man who is walking on the street carrying the banner saying "End discrimination against men"

    It's a 21st century where women are dominating so lets talk about Top 100 women that matters in Pakistan. Men ko koi ghaas bhi nahi daalta aaj kal...
     
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    haha yeah jemima should return back to pakistan her adopted home lol she still visits pakistan and in the UK she is all the time getting involved in pakistan related protests/causes/fundraisers etc anyway she is still beloved to pakistan and it's doors always open for her she can come back anytime:smitten::pakistan:
    and angelina jolie should be made an honorary pakistani or given some sort of pakistani award as a thank you for all her help and kindess towards pakistan :agree: