Pakistan is a country, where women cannot live as they please. They have certain restrictions that they should follow. But, Pakistan is the only Islamic country that has women in top powers. Unlike every other Muslim country, Pakistan has given a slightly bigger path for the women to pave their way and by that way, some women have come a long way and created a path for themselves. Women in Pakistan have become an example to all the countries who try to push women down. Here is a list of Pakistan’s first even women in certain fields.
Fatima is the first Muslim to contest the presidency in the year 1965, going against the ruling party. She was the sister of Mohammed Ali Jinnah and she played a crucial role in the Pakistan movement. She formed the Women’s relief Committee in the year 1947 and this committee later became the core of the APWA (All Pakistan Women’s Association). She was very brave by heart and wanted women to have their basic rights and freedom in the country.
Begum Shaista Ikramullah
She was the first women to become the part of the Constituent Assembly in Pakistan. She was a prominent political leader, an author and also a diplomat. She has also been the Ambassador of Pakistan to many countries. She showed the men in Pakistan that even women, can participate in the political field and that too very successfully. She was an inspiration to many women in Pakistan to come forwards and stand boldly.
Begum Mahmooda Salim Khan
She was the first women Minister and also the member of the cabinet minister of West Pakistan. She was a Pakistani social worker and an early political figure. She was very active in her philanthropic and social activities in her life time. She always wanted to help the people and was a member of certain Associations such as the Family Planning Association of Pakistan, the Anti TB Association of Pakistan, the National Crafts Council of Pakistan and the SOS Children’s Village.
Begum Nusrat Bhutto
She led the Pakistani delegation to the UNs’ first women’s conference in the year 1975. She was the wife of the former Prime Minister Zulfikhar Ali Bhutto. Nusrat was the first lady to be in the office from 1973 to 1977, till she was taken away. After her husband’s death, she succeeded him and became the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party. She also became the mother of the first and only female Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto.
Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was the first female and the eleventh Prime Minister of Pakistan. When she was elected as the Prime Minister, she also became the first women ever elected in a Muslim country. Not just once, she was elected twice as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was the She was noted for her charismatic authority and her political astuteness. She took a lot of initiatives to improve the Pakistan’s economy and the security. She was assassinated on December 27, 2007.
She was the first Pakistani to win a film fare award in the category of Best female Playback singer and also is the youngest winner of all time. She was 15 at that time. She was an iconic female pop singer of Pakistan and her debut album became the top selling Asian pop album until that time. She is also the recipient of the Pride of Performance, Golden Discs Award and the Double Platinum award.
Dr. Fehmida Mirza
She is the first woman and the eighteenth speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. She is the senior and an influential member of the Central Executive Committee of PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party). Before her political career, she was a business woman and a proud owner of an advertising company. She has been a potent force behind the left-wing. Mirza was one of the few women who were elected from a non-reserved constituency.
Hina Rabbani Khar
Hina became the first female and the 26th Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan in the year 2011. She started her political career in 2002 under the government of the Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and then served as the finance Ministry and then the Foreign Minister of the State. Since 2008, she has been the senior and a high ranking member of the Central Executive Committee and is also said to be one of the highest ranking women in Pakistan’s Political history.
Nigar is the first woman cartoonist in Pakistan and also in the Muslim countries. The character Gogi created by this women portrays an urban women struggling with sickness caused by gender discrimination and other social norms that a woman should face in Pakistan. She has received the Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah Award from the Pakistan government. She also received the Booruker Unesco prize for her work at an orphanage in Kyrgyzstan in 1997.
Samina is the first and the youngest Pakistani women to hit the top of Mount Everest at the age of 21 in 2013.During her climb; she tried to spread the indo-pak friendly relationship. She also scaled the Chashkin peak of Pakistan in 2010. This peak was later named as Samina peak after she conquered the peak. “Beyond the heights” is a movie made on her expedition to Mount Everest.