International Women’s Day is being observed everywhere in the world today including Pakistan. 8th of March signifies the importance of women in our society and their rights.
It is without denying that Pakistani women have contributed to our society as much as men have. Today we pay tribute to the greatest women of Pakistan who have played an important role in the many different fields of Pakistan.
Marium Mukhtiar was amongst the few female pilots of Pakistan who were trained to be a fighter pilot by the Pakistan Air Force. She embraced martyrdom when her fighter jet crashed on 24th November 2015. She was honored with Tamgha-e-Basalat on the 23rd of March 2016.
Arfa Karim Randhawa
Arfa Karim Randhawa became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at a very young age of 9 years. After an epileptic attack, she went into a coma and passed away on the 14th of January, 2012.
Rukhsana Parveen and Sofia Jawed
These female boxers were the first one to secure international medals for Pakistan during the 2016 South Asian Games.
Sana Mir was the captain of Pakistani Women cricket team when it won 2 gold medals in the Asian Games in 2010 and 2014. She is also the first Pakistani woman to take 100 wickets in one-day internationals.
Fatima Jinnah was amongst the leading figures beside her brother Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the Pakistan movement. She was one of the strongest supports of the founder of Pakistan in the struggles of independence.
Salima Begum, a Pakistani teacher from a remote village of Gilgit-Baltistan, has made it to the top ten finalists for the Global Teacher Prize 2017.
Ayesha Farooq became Pakistan’s first war-ready female fighter pilot in the Pakistan Air Force.
She became the first woman from Pakistan to compete at the Olympics by taking part in the women’s long jump at the 1996 Olympics.