This Segment will introduce you with Muslim women who are achievers and role models for rest of the Muslim women.
Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah
Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah (Born: July 31, 1893) was younger sister of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. She was a biographer, stateswoman, and one of the leading Founding members of Pakistan.
Though she was a dental surgeon but she didn’t pursue medical profession and accompanied Muhammad Ali Jinnah and took active participation in the politics. She was an influential political figure in the Pakistan Movement.
After the independence, she co-founded the Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA).
She ran as a presidential candidate against Ayub Khan in the 1965 elections, promising to initiate the Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan. She conceded her defeat in the elections, but many experts believe that the ballots were rigged.
She is commonly known as “Khatoon-e-Pakistan” (Lady of Pakistan) and “Mader-e Millat” (Mother of the Nation). She died in Karachi on July 9, 1967.
Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan – First Woman Governor of Sindh
Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan was born on February 13, 1905. She was wife of Liaquat Ali Khan, first Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was one of the leading woman figure in Pakistan Movement. She was a highly educated person who obtained double M.Sc. in Economics and Sociology with Honors. She also served as economic adviser to Jinnah’s Pakistan Movement Committee.
As First Lady of Pakistan, she launched many programs for woman’s development. She was co-founder of All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA) and nominated as its first President.
In 1970s, she joined hands with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. She was one of the most trusted and close government and economic adviser to Bhutto’s government, and was involved with many key economical decisions taken by Bhutto.
She was the first woman Governor of Sindh (1973-76) as well as first Chancellor of University of Karachi. She is commonly known as “Mader-e-Pakistan” (Mother of Pakistan). She died on June 13,1990.
Benazir Bhutto – First Woman to Lead a Muslim Country
Benazir Bhutto was born on 21 June 1953. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a former prime minister of Pakistan and the founder of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). She served as the Prime Minister of Pakistan in two incomplete terms (1988-1990 and 1993-96). She was the first woman elected to lead a Muslim country.
She is also respectfully called as B.B.
In 1996, her government was dismissed by President Farooq Leghari. Benazir Bhutto conceded her defeat in the 1997 Parliamentary elections and went into self-imposed exile in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 1998.
After nine years of self-exile, she returned to Pakistan on 18 October 2007. She was assassinated in a bombing attack in Rawalpindi on 27 December 2007. In 2008, she was named one of seven winners of the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights.
Tawakul Karman (توكل كرمان) Defends Hijab
Tawakul Karman ( born 7 February 1979 ) became the international public face of the 2011 Yemeni uprising. Yemenis call her the “Iron Woman” and “Mother of the Revolution.” She is a co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first Arab woman, and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Prize and the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate to date.
She was asked by the journalists that her Hijab is not proportionate with her level of intellect and education.
The “Iron Woman” replied, “Man in early times was almost naked, and as his intellect evolved he started wearing clothes. What I am told and what I’m wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilization that man has achieved, and is not regressive. It’s the removal of clothes again that is a regression back to the ancient times.”
What an inspiration for Muslim women!
Sheikh Hasina Wajed – Twice Prime Minister of Bangla Desh
Shirin Ebadi – First Muslim Woman to Get Nobel Peace Prize
Shirin Ebadi (Born: June 21, 1947) is an Iranian lawyer, a former judge and human rights activist and founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran. In 2003, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women’s, children’s, and refugee rights. She was the first Muslim woman to receive the prize.In 2004, she was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the “100 most powerful women in the world”. She is also included in a published list of the “100 most influential women of all time.”
She lives in exile in the UK since June 2009.
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