Today’s Dame of the Day is Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (November 12, 1978-). As a journalist and documentary filmmaker, Chinoy’s work sheds light on injustice. In 2010, she won an Emmy for her documentary, Pakistan: Children of the Taliban; Saving Face, a closeup look at acid attacks on women in Pakistan, won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2012. In 2005, Chinoy became the first non-American to win the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Recently, her work has focused on Pakistan’s trans community, domestic violence, and women’s issues.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Nigar Nazar (1953-). In college, Nazar, switched her degree from medicine to art and never looked back. Harnessing the power of illustration, Nazar became the first Pakistani woman cartoonist. Many of her pieces chronicle her character, Gogi, a devout Muslim woman navigating society’s social norms. In addition to her Gogi pieces, Nazar also developed cartoons addressing environmental issues, health and safety, and disaster management. In her spare time, she conducts cartooning workshops for children.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Shahzia Sikander (1969-). Early in her art career, Sikander studied the tradition of Persian and Mughal miniature painting. Her incredibly complex, multi-faceted paintings addresses issues of economics, imperialism, colonialism and identity. Since her college days, Sikander has evolved her style to include digital animation and performance art. In 2006, Sikander became a MacArthur Fellow.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Nergis Mavalvala (1968-). As a graduate student, this Pakistani-born astrophysicist developed a prototype laser interferometer that allowed her to see gravitational waves. Today, Mavalvala works to push past the limitations of standard optical interferometers to expand the knowledge of quantum physics. In 2010, she earned a MacArthur Fellowship.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Ayesha Jalal. As a historian, Jalal specializes in the history of Muslim identity in South Asia. Her writing centers around the Two Nation Theory, the creation of Pakistan, the British transfer of power to India, and the divide between Pakistan and India. In 1998, she became a MacArthur Fellow.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Yasmeen Lari (1941-). After exposure to architecture piqued her interest in the field. Lari spent two years learning to draw before applying and gaining acceptance to Oxford’s School of Architecture. When she graduated at age 23, she became Pakistan’s first woman architect. Lari returned to Pakistan and opened her own firm with her husband. In addition to large corporate projects, Lari also offers solutions for historical building preservation and low income housing improvements.
Again, we typically don’t post three times a day, but we couldn’t wait to congratulate Malala Yousafzai on winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
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Since her early teens, Malala has campaigned tirelessly for girls’ education in her native Pakistan. In an attempt to silence her, the Taliban shot her in the head in 2012. But Malala bounced back, wrote a memoir, and never gave up the fight. Today, she lives in exile in Birmingham, England, as she completes her high school education.
The 17 year-old is the youngest person to ever win the prize. Way to go, Malala!