Can anyone help me by naming and giving a little information about any three (3) early Pakistani women leaders, who were pioneers in women's rights in the country?
From early period only, around 1940s to 60s thanks.
Pakistan's women's rights record hasnt been that good over the many years since its independence in 1947, as also frequently reported in the media the world over; however, in some respects, some Pakistani women have attained high levels by their own struggles and efforts and they remain examples for all Pakistani women.
Of course, when Pakistan was created, some of the most famous early women leaders included Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah , sister of Mr Jinnah, the founder of this country; and Begum Rana Liaqat Ali, wife of the country's first Prime Minister. However, they were both already rather old by the time Pakistan came into being and perhaps also owed quite a bit to their famous brother and husband, respectively, for added 'fame'-- so I shant give more information or list them here, really, they'd be more in the 'pre-Pakistan' class.
I personally think that three such women leaders who had very large and positive early roles to play (also incidentally inspiring women like Benazir Bhutto later) were
1. Begum Mahmooda Salim Khan (1913-2007): In her long life, she atatined many honors and did a great deal of work for women and many other causes; and was the country's first woman minister.
2. Begum Viqar un Nisa Noon (1920-2000): A foreign lady married to a Pakistani diplomat and later minister, she made the country her home and did a great deal for its women especially in the field of education.
3. Begum Zari Sarfaraz (1923-2008): A young Pathan widow from a really remote and backward part of the country, she played a dynamic role as an early youth leader and then a businesswoman and social and political activist.
I think these three ladies are great role models and pioneers and I hope many young Pakisatni women shall follow in their footsteps and make their own names, in years to come.
Very strange indeed. If you click on these links they say 'ca'nt locate article''? How's that possible? These articles are very much there on Wikipedia and the links are correct. Wonder whaty is wrong, can I make a formal complaint of this or something?
I think that two of these august ladies have been missed out on, in deed. I am happpy give links to them in Wikipedia (as follows)
I think that there is another article here that would also be useful for the querier. In this note, there is a 'Notable women' section near the end I see, and some of the above ladies and others are mentioned there too, in different columns