Distinguished Leadership Award for Dr Fehmida Mirza

New York: The EastWest Institute will present the 2012 Leadership Award to Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Sspeaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, and Ms. Shinkai Karokhail, a renowned women’s rights activist and member of the Afghan Parliament, for their inspiring leadership. The 2012 award is named for a champion of women’s rights - H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak - wife of the late Sheikh Zayed of the United Arab Emirates. In 1973, she founded the first UAE women’s organization: the Abu Dhabi Society for the Awakening of Women.

Dr. Mirza and Ms. Karokhail are the first recipients of this award. The reception and dinner will take place on Thursday, September 27, in New York.

The distinguished honorees are deeply involved in EWI’s Women, Peace and Security trust-building work in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The awards dinner coincides with EWI’s release of Women, Peace and Security, a report on the first visit of Pakistani women parliamentarians to Afghanistan.

“There are few more important ways of instigating positive change in the world than the empowerment of women for heightened participation in political decision making including foreign and defense matters,” said EWI President John Mroz. “Dr. Mirza and Ms. Karokhail are groundbreaking, visionary leaders. Their leadership deserves to be recognized beyond their borders as a beacon of inspiration to others.”

 

 

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