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Women are undoubtedly hardworking, resilient and marvelous multi-taskers. But these women have shown that Pakistani women are exceptional being the pioneers into uncharted territories. All over the world, and beyond.


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NAMIRA SALIM

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Namira became the first Pakistani, man or woman, to reach North and South Poles when she achieved this distinction in 2008. She also holds the title of being the first Asian and first Pakistani to skydive over Mount Everest during the historic First Everest Skydives project in 2008.

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She is also going to be the first Pakistani to travel into Space when the first commercial space flight by Virgin Galactic takes off.

ROZINA ALI

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Dr Rozina Ali is a microvascular reconstructive plastic surgeon and consultant with a specialist interest in breast reconstruction. She was awarded the Cutler’s Surgicial Fellowship in 2007 and is highly regarded within the medical industry with her research cited in many prestigious medical journals and her appearances on TV shows in the UK and US as an expert in the field.

RANI TAJ

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Taj is a British Pakistani dhol player from Birmingham, United Kingdom. She rose to international fame in 2010 when she appeared in a viral video playing dhol in the streets.

MEHREEN FARUQI

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Mehreen is an Australian politician, with a degree from UET Lahore in Civil Engineering. She moved to Australia in 1992 after having worked as a consultant in Pakistan for several years. She has been a Greens Party MP in the New South Wales Legislative Council since 19 June 2013.

LIANNA SWAN

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A swimmer, Swan is a British-Pakistani, who represented Pakistan at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She holds nine National records and several international records for swimming.

ASMA GUL

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Asma Gul is an American award-winning writer. She is the author of three published works as called, “American Muslims: The New Generation”, “Why I am a Muslim” and “Red, White and White”. All these books are non-fiction, dealing with the American Muslim movement through critical analysis and personal biography according to Wikipedia.

She has received acclaimed praises from Reza Aslan, Fareed Zakaria and Jack Miles. She currently serves as a Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer to HealthTrio LLC.

HUMA ABEDIN

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Huma Abedin is an American political staffer. She has been a long-time aide to Hillary Clinton, and was US Secretary of State Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff at the State Department.

US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) (R) walks with her traveling chief-of-staff Huma Abedin as they approach a group of police officers after cancelling a rally in Fort Worth, Texas February 22, 2008. A Dallas police officer was killed Friday when his motorcycle struck a pillar as he was escorting democratic presidential candidate Senator Clinton to a rally in Dallas. Clinton cancelled the rally in Forth Worth, saying it would be inappropriate to hold a rally in light of the tragic circumstances. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA) - RTR1XFP4

She currently serves as vice chairwoman of Clinton’s 2016 campaign for President.

AYESHA JALAL

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Ayesha Jalal is a Pakistani-American historian who was awarded with 1998 MacArthur Fellowship. She is also the grandniece of renowned Urdu Fiction writer Saadat Hasan Manto. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tufts University, Columbia University, Harvard University and LUMS.

SHAILA ABDULLAH

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Shaila Abdullah is known as a “Word Artist” for being an award-winning Pakistani- American author, writer and designer. Her work focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of Pakistani women and their often unconventional choices in life.

She is the author of five books, Saffron Dreams, Beyond the Cayenne Wall and three children’s books,” My Friend Suhana”, “Rani in Search of a Rainbow”, and A Manual for Marco”.

She has received many awards for her work including the Patras Bukhari Award for English Language, the Golden Quill Award and the Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction.

SHAZIA SIKANDAR

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Shahzia Sikandar is a Pakistani born, internationally recognized artist. After graduating from NCA in 1991 with a BFA she moved to the USA gaining an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1995.

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She has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants and fellowships, including the Asia Society Award for Significant Contribution to Contemporary Art, Art Prize in Time-Based Art from Grand Rapids Museum and the Inaugural Medal of Art.

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In 2004, Newsweek listed Sikander as one of the most important South Asians transforming the American cultural landscape. In 2006, the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland appointed Sikander as a Young Global Leader.

SANA AMANAT

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Sana Amanat, an Editor at Marvel Comics, is developing and managing creative content for the company’s various publishing lines. Most recently, she co-created the first solo series to feature a Muslim Pakistani female super hero, Ms. Marvel. She also serves as a Young Leaders Committee board member at Seeds of Peace, an organisation that promotes the empowerment of youth in regions of conflict.

BAPSI SIDHWA

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Bapsi Sidhwa is an award-winning novelist. Among her many honours, Sidhwa received the Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe/Harvard, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest national honour in the arts. Her works include The Bride, An American Brat and The Crow Eaters.

TAHMENA BOKHARI

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Tahmena Bokhari is a Pakistani-Canadian beauty pageant titleholder and social worker. She was born in Toronto, Canada and spent several childhood years in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

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She won Mrs Pakistan World 2010 in Toronto and became the 3rd Pakistani woman in history to represent women on an international platform when she won Mrs United Nation International 2010.

ROHINA MALIK

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Rohina Malik is a critically acclaimed playwright, actress, speaker and solo performance artist of South Asian descent. Her career in playwriting and performance arts started in 2008 after taking a class on writing a one-person play with Tekki Lominicki in April 2008. She has performed at educational institutions like Princeton, Yale, University of Chicago, University of Oklahoma, Columbia University, University of Illinois and Stanford. And yes, she wears a hijab but that doesn’t deter her from acting!

SEHBA SARWAR

pictures of art around Houston for the Houston Arts Alliance and Barking Dog Design.

Sehba Sarwar is a writer, multidisciplinary artist, and activist, currently based in Houston, USA. She moved from the city of her birth, Karachi, Pakistan, where she spent the first half of her life in a home filled with artists, activists and educators, and her adopted city, Houston, where she has recreated a community similar to the one where she was raised. Through her writings and installations, Sarwar explores displacement and women’s issues, moving between South Asia and the US.

Sarwar’s first novel, Black Wings was published in 2004 (Alhamra Publishing, Pakistan), and her essays, poems and short stories have appeared in publications including And The World Changed (Feminist Press, New York), The News on Sunday, The New York Times’ Sunday Magazine and Callaloo. She has also created a series of video collages that have been screened in Pakistan, India, Egypt and the US.

HEINA RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

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This girl is the first female Police constable in Hong Kong, of South Asian descent. Having been recruited in 2012, she has served in Yuen Long district of Hong Kong.

FATIMA ALI

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Fatima Ali is a chef whose specialty is Pakistan-spiced Western fare – a combination that won her first prize on the American cooking show “Chopped.” Currently sous-chef at Café Centro, she plans to return to Pakistan to establish subsidized kitchens with cheap and organic food for the poor.

SHAMA ZEHRA

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Shama Zehra is the CEO of Wall Street firm Aligned Independent Advisors. She began her career as an entrepreneur in the apparel industry in Pakistan in 1991 with a women apparel firm co-founded with her mother and sister. Shama worked with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered Bank and MCB Bank, the largest private sector bank in Pakistan in early nineties.

SHAAN KANDAWALLA

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Shaan is the CEO of PlayDate Digital which makes educational applications for kids. She started it in 2012 after many years of experience working at Nickelodeon and Hasbro. Apps produced by PlayDate feature Hasbro brands like Play-Doh, My Little Pony and Transformers.

MONA SHAIKH

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Mona Shaikh, also known as The Naughty Muslim Comedian, resides in Los Angeles, USA, pursing her career as a comedian and actor while developing her upcoming One-Hour Special and Comedy TV series. Recently, Mona hosted the Miss Pakistan World Pageant in New York City and also became the first Pakistani female Comedian to be selected for the Laugh’s Factory Funniest Person in the World Competition. Mona has been featured in The LA Weekly, New York Post, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and BBC.

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