HUM Women Leaders Awards took place at the President House in Islamabad recently with an aim to give recognition and credit to iconic women from Pakistan and all around the globe.
The HWLA this year honored eleven international and national women as well as one man for their achievements in the fields of education, health care, human rights, social work, journalism, women’s rights, and diplomacy. HUM Women Leaders Awards encourage women to ‘think big.’ It celebrates women that are change-makers in their respective fields and symbolize courage, hope, and determination.
These women, who have reached heights, are ‘role-models for girls who aspire to be achievers’ as declared by the network in a statement. President of the HUM TV network, Sultana Siddiqui, spoke at the event about how she has always struggled to see women excelling in all fields. She believes that there should be ‘no chains of traditions and customs’ that should stop women from moving forward. She also mentioned that the country can not have a progressive economy with the women not doing anything and being shut in their homes.
President Dr. Arif Alvi, At the second edition of HWLA, stated that Naya Pakistan is not complete without women. He also mentioned in his speech the importance of women empowerment and requested the organizations to achieve a ‘gender balance’ in the workplaces. The president said that men must facilitate women, and their entry into the workforce must be made easier.
Among the winners of HWLA were: Ayesha Chundrigar, Shahzadi Gulfam, Tabassum Adnan, Abida Parveen, Lt General Nigar Johar, Malala Yousafzai, Ayesha Jalal, Masarrat Misbah, Hina Jilani, Princess Sarvath Al Hassan, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, and Malik Rafique Awan.
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