Academy Award winning film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, along with acid-burn survivor Zakia, will jointly receive the Glamour Women of the Year Award for the documentary Saving Face.
The award ceremony, organised by Glamour magazine, will be held on November 12 in New York, according to a press release.
“I am humbled to be given this honour. I hope my story instills hope in other women and gives them the courage to speak and stand up for themselves,” said Zakia, on being awarded her first international award for her advocacy on behalf of survivors of acid-related violence.
In appreciation of this joint award, Obaid-Chinoy added: “I am delighted to be sharing the award with a brave woman like Zakia. She embodies the resilient spirit of a Pakistani woman. Her determination to seek justice should be an inspiration for all.”
The annual award ceremony, started in 1989, honours extraordinary and inspirational women from various fields.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd, 2012.