Honoring Exceptional Achievements: Kashmir HUM Women Leaders Award 2024

Moeeza Arshad February 27, 2024

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The Kashmir HUM Women Leaders Award 2024 by HUM Network, showcased a remarkable array of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the society in various fields. From advocating for women’s rights to pioneering in space exploration, these individuals have left an indelible mark on their respective domains, inspiring others to strive for excellence and positive change.

One of the recipients, Khurshid Bano, was honored for her groundbreaking work with Da Hawwa Lur – Daughter of Eve, an NGO dedicated to curbing biases and implementing laws to eliminate violence against women and transgender individuals. Khurshid’s courage and determination have led to the establishment of the first ‘All-Women Union,’ providing support and advocacy for women’s rights across the region.

Namira Salim, the first Pakistani astronaut and the first female astronaut from South Asia and the Commonwealth, was recognized for her pioneering achievements in space exploration. Her journey to the stars not only symbolizes Pakistan’s advancement in science and technology but also serves as an inspiration for women and girls worldwide to pursue their dreams.

Sadiqa Salahuddin, the enterprising founder of the Indus Resource Centre (IRC), was celebrated for her unwavering commitment to empowering marginalized communities through education and sustainable livelihoods. Under her leadership, IRC has transformed the lives of thousands of students in rural areas, providing them with access to quality education and opportunities for a better future.

Professor Dr. Razia Korejo, a transformative figure in Pakistan’s medical arena, was acknowledged for her groundbreaking work in maternal and perinatal healthcare. Her efforts have helped save the lives of thousands of mothers and newborns, while her mentorship has shaped the future of medical education in the country.

Sheema Kermani, a maestro of classical dance and a fervent social activist, was honored for her tireless advocacy for women’s rights and empowerment through art and culture. Her pioneering work with Tehrik-e-Niswan has not only revived classical dance and theatre but has also raised awareness about important social issues.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, an internationally recognized human rights and peace activist, was recognized for his tireless efforts to advance health and education for women and girls in the Middle East. His NGO, ‘Daughters for Life,’ provides scholarships and support to young women from conflict-affected regions, empowering them to pursue higher education and become agents of change.

Dr. Amjad Saqib, the visionary founder of Akhuwat, the world’s largest interest-free microfinance program, was celebrated for his groundbreaking work in poverty alleviation and women’s empowerment. His initiatives have provided financial support and opportunities for thousands of women across Pakistan, enabling them to break the cycle of poverty and achieve economic independence.

Bibi Amina, the first woman from Hunza-Gilgit, was honored for her pioneering work in carpentry, breaking gender stereotypes and empowering women in her community through skill-building and economic independence.

Huma Fakhar, a dynamic businesswoman and advocate for economic diplomacy, was recognized for her leadership in facilitating trade and empowering women entrepreneurs in Pakistan and beyond, leaving a lasting impact on economic development.

Dr. Amany Asfour, a trailblazer in medicine, entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment, was celebrated for her remarkable achievements in fostering economic empowerment and leadership opportunities for Arab and African women, shaping a more inclusive and prosperous future.

Sania Saeed, the acting maestro was presented with the Kashmir Golden Plate for her unparalleled talent and resolute commitment to social cause. From brilliant performances to championing causes, Sania Saeed, a true warrior both on and off the screen, proves that art can be a powerful force for change.

Sheba Najmi, the founder of Code for Pakistan, was honored for her pioneering work in civic-tech, spearheading initiatives to promote transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement in governance through technology, fostering a culture of innovation and empowerment in Pakistan’s public sector.

These are the examples of exceptional individuals of our society, honored at the HUM Women Leaders Award 2024. Each recipient embodies the spirit of leadership, resilience, and compassion, inspiring us all to work towards a more inclusive and equitable society. As we celebrate their achievements, let us also reflect on the importance of recognizing and uplifting women leaders who are driving positive change in our communities and beyond.

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