Pakistani education activist, Malala Yousafzai and two other Pakistani women have been included in the BBC’s 100 Women of 2021.
The British broadcaster’s list of 2021 has highlighted those women who have been hitting the ‘reset’. These women, according to BBC, have been reinventing society, culture, and the world. Two other Pakistani women have taken space on the list.
What an incredible and diverse list of amazing women. Congratulations @Malala for your rightful inclusion. Proud to have spent a little time supporting your transition to a non-executive Chair role. #brave #courage @CarolynBrave https://t.co/Sbrar5N5TO
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Disability leader Abia Akram and Mother’s Camp founder, Laila Haidari have been acknowledged for their initiatives. Laila Haidari has been included in the category of Science and Health. Her initiative has helped almost 6,400 Afghan nationals since 2010 through her drug rehabilitation center, Mother Camp, in Kabul.
She started the camp with the help of her savings and financed it by opening a restaurant. The restaurant, however, shut down after the fall of Kabul. Her family hails from Afghanistan. She is an advocate of women’s rights, as she was a child bride at the age of 12 years.
The youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai is included. https://t.co/0EOU2qqzUh
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BBC praises Abia Akram
On the other hand, Abia Akram, an activist in the disability movement, started Special Talent Exchange Program in 1997 when she was herself a student. BBC is all praise for the activist. “She is the first woman from Pakistan to be nominated co-ordinator for the Commonwealth Young Disabled People’s Forum. Akram is the founder of the National Forum of Women with Disabilities and has campaigned for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Inclusive Development,” the BBC said.
Regarding Malala Yousafzai, BBC said, “Her activism began with blogs for the BBC about living under Taliban rule in Pakistan and the ban on girls attending school. In October 2012, a gunman boarded her bus, looking for her, and shot her in the head.”
BBC also talked about her charity organization, Malala Fund. The media outlet said that Malala has continued to work as the co-founder of Malala Fund, “aiming to build a world where every girl can learn and lead without fear”.