Gilgit, May 3: Presidents, managers, members and supporters of village organizations and village women organizations have played significant role in organizing and mobilizing rural men and women for the cause of socio- economic development.
To recognize the services provided by the men and women community leaders and activists, AKRSP’s Gender and Development (GAD) Section organized an event on 24th May 2008 in collaboration with Pakistan Social Association (PSA) and United Northern Area NGOs (UNAN), here in Gilgit. The main objective of this event was ‘to recognize and appreciate the voluntary and long services of the community leaders and activists (men & women) in Northern Area of Pakistan’.
In this regard, 35 women, from Nagar, Gilgit, Ghizar, Asotre, Baltistan, Hunza and Gojal, were conferred with Fatima Jinnah Award and 20 men were presented with Quaid e Azam Awards and Certificates.
Women community leaders and activists from Gojal included Mrs. Mim Sultan, WO Prsident, Shahri Sabz, Mrs. Gul Dasta, President WO Khudabad; Mrs Dolat Begum, President WO Murkhun; Mrs Bibi Husan, President WO Gulmit Goz, Mrs Laila, Manager WO Ghulkin and Mrs Bibi Husni, President WO Gulmit Center.
Mrs Bilques Beg, best teacher at Kashrot school, was awarded in the ceremony. Similarly the efforts of Mrs Taj Hoor and Mrs Shamim Akhtar from Chalt Nagar, Mrs Tamina and Mrs Maryam from Hunza, Mrs Hasina and Mrs Sakina from Baltistan were also recognized and appreciated by presenting them with Fatima Jinnah Awards.
Mrs Zubaida,Mrs Nusrat Begum,Mrs Shabnum Begum and Shagufta Begum from the newly created Astore district got the Fatima Jinnah Award for their services.
The awardees belonging to Ghizar district – the valley of Martyrs, included Mrs Nargis WO President Gahkuch Paeen ,Kia Begum WO President Nazber Paeen Pari Taus WO president Gitch Bala, Shah BegumWO President Hamardass, Bibi Nigar WO activist Chatorkhand Centre.Roshan Nigar WO President Sherqilla and Ms Gul Begum WO Manager Sherqilla.
Male community leaders and activists included Mr. Muhammad Sirat, former president and manager, VO Khyber; Mr.Baktawar from Shimshal and Ahmad Baig, a blood donor from Gulmit who has donated blood to 15 people, so far.
Syed Yahya Shah, social activist from Ghulmet Nagar, was also presented with the Quaid-e-Azam award, along with Master Jan Ali, a famous singer belonging to Gilgit city.