PPAF con­fers Am­tul Raqeeb Award on women of courage

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS - Staff Reporter

PPAF's Am­tul Raqeeb Award is an an­nual award pre­sented on the oc­ca­sion of In­ter­na­tional Women's Day to fe­male com­mu­nity mem­bers en­gaged in PPAF sup­ported com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives across the coun­try. The Award is meant to honor and rec­og­nize the in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion by in­di­vid­u­als es­pe­cially women be­long­ing to PPAF­sup­ported com­mu­ni­ties in self­ad­vance­ment as well as in the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the area they in­habit.

Dr. Sa­nia Nishtar, Founder and Pres­i­dent Heart file, was the chief guest at the oc­ca­sion. She said, "PPAF is truly reach­ing those peo­ple who are the re­sources of this coun­try.

PPAF is to be con­grat­u­lated also for cre­at­ing this award in the name of a truly brave woman who sac­ri­ficed her life in the course of her work and for rec­og­niz­ing the achieve­ments of out­stand­ing women who are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­ni­ties."

She added, "Equity and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment are global com­mit­ments and nei­ther are pos­si­ble with­out the in­clu­sion of women.

It is also com­mend­able that PPAF in­vited the men who ac­com­pa­nied the award win­ners to speak to make men party to th­ese achieve­ments so that they re­al­ize the re­spect th­ese women de­serve."

Hail­ing from dif­fer­ent re­gions of the coun­try, this year's Am­tul Raqeeb Award re­cip­i­ents in­cluded Rehmat Bibi (Badin), Gul Bano Qasim(Rehri Goth), Hus­san Ja­mala Bibi (Shangla),Naeema Bibi (Swabi), Sofia Sa­har (Muzaf­far­garh), Lakki Bibi (Kech) and Ghaz­ala (Sibbi). Th­ese women be­long­ing to far flung ar­eas of the coun­try were ac­knowl­edged for their courage in the face of ad­ver­sity and be­com­ing role mod­els in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

The se­lec­tion cri­te­ria for this year's award brought into fo­cus­women who had made through lo­cal bod­ies elec­tion 2015, those en­coun­ter­ing a phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity, women work­ing for pro­mo­tion of safe moth­er­hood prac­tices and the ones work­ing to­wards peace build­ing and con­flict man­age­ment in their re­spec­tive ar­eas.

PPAF in­sti­tuted the award in recog­ni­tion of courage of Am­tulRaqeeb, a pro­gram of­fi­cer at Balochis­tan Ru­ral Sup­port Pro­gramme (BRSP), Quetta. Am­tul was killed along with two other col­leagues on the way back to Quetta af­ter per­form­ing her du­ties in Mas­tung on Jan­uary 24, 2011.

Her im­mense con­tri­bu­tion in ca­pac­ity build­ing of lo­cal tra­di­tional birth at­ten­dants re­sulted in a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion of the mother-child mor­tal­ity rate in the in­ac­ces­si­ble re­gions of Balochis­tan.

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