60 women to be awarded Madar-e-Millat medals July 31
ISLAMABAD, July 31 2006: To mark the 114th birth anniversary of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah 60 women who stand out in their area of specialisation will be awarded Madar-e-Millat medals July 31 morning. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will be the chief guest for the ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Women Development. Nominees for Fatima Jinnah Medal have arrived in the capital. The list includes distinguished names like Begum Bilquis Edhi whose exceptional humanitarian work spans over half a century. She is nominated for the category of Life Time Achievement Award.
Other categories for the award represent women in education, health, art, media economy, voluntary work, agriculture and women in uniform. Male promoters of women rights issues also form part of the award category. Three eminent male campaigners of gender concerns from Karachi, Islamabad and Gilgit are nominated for the gold medal. Their work has brought relief to women in distress situations and has assisted them in rebuilding shattered lives. A special award is dedicated to bravery and courage. Nominees for this singular category, this year, consist of none other than those who not only braved the deadly earthquake in Kashmir and Northern Pakistan in 2005 but also assisted the affected community in rebuilding their devastated lives. The same award was given to Mukhtaran Mai in 2005.
Madare Millat’s contribution to women empowerment is reflected through her participation in public life and her commitment to professionalism. The Fatima Jinnah Medals, it is trusted will engender a sense of achievement among women. It is a realisation that comes about with valid recognition and acclaim.
Source: The News