Two Pakistanis have made it to BBC ‘s list of 100 inspirational women for 2015.
Ayesha Ishtiaq, 17, and and Muniba Mazari, 28 are the two young women who were selected for their hard work and determination to achieve something in life, despite the various obstacles they face.
BBC’s list for the current year honours women from across the globe, focusing on octogenarians sharing life lessons, ‘good girl’ film-makers discussing expectations, nursing, five high-profile women, and 30 under 30 entrepreneurs.
Twelve-year-old Ayesha is a student from Islamabad and her passion to tackle sexism in Pakistani society is what helped her make it to the list.
Ayesha, who appears in the BBC‘s ‘Good girl’ film-makers strand, conducts feminist and human rights talks with friends and plans to study journalism or women’s studies in the United States before returning to Pakistan to help others.
Muniba, another Pakistani young woman to be on the list, is an artist and an anchorwoman. She is an inspiration for many Pakistani women who want to excel.
Muniba was paralysed over seven years ago in a car accident — but that didn’t stop her. She began painting while she was in hospital, hoping to spread the message of hope through her work.
Speaking at an event, she said, “People with paralysis should not be made objects of pity. My struggle has been successful and appreciated. Pakistan is a land of opportunity for people who have the courage to take challenges head on.”
“I looked at my condition as an opportunity. I wanted a hero in my life, but I could not find one. So I decided to become one,” she said.
Muniba is also Pakistan’s first wheelchair-bound model and the first wheelchair-bound anchor working for the country’s state television channel.
The list includes 98 other talented women who never gave up, including Michaela Hollywood, 25, who has been recognised by the United Kingdom prime minister for her services to young disabled people, while she herself suffers from the congenital muscle wasting condition.
Correction: An earlier version of this article erroneously mentioned Ayesha Ishtiaq’s age as 12 years old. EDITOR.
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