Maria Iqbal Tarana

Maria is from Muzaffarabad, the capital city of Azad Jammu & Kashmir that borders near the LOC (Line of Control) with India. After successfully completing her degree in Marketing from the United Kingdom in 2009, she came back to Pakistan and started work with Kashmir Institute of International Relations where she represented the State of Kashmir at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Switzerland. A social activist by heart and recently established a non-profit organization ‘Aam Taleem’, supporting children in poverty stricken areas in AJK. Recognizing the importance of education in her disregarded region, she also provides free uniforms, books and other basic start-up packs. Politics and International Relations have always captivated Maria. Being closely connected to Pakistan People’s Party, has been fascinated by the way in which the conflict in Indian Occupied Kashmir has no portrayal in the international arena and over time, political participation has deteriorated due to society simply losing interest. Therefore it is has become her desire to examine society closely and calculate why participation of the mass has crumbled. She is a dedicated and ambitious young lady who projects a clear and logical mind with a practical approach.

Mushaal Hussein Mullick

Mushaal is the scion of an intellectual family and is driven by a passion for art and philanthropy. She is the Chairperson of Peace and Culture Organization that works for Global Peace and Harmony. It also campaigns for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir Conflict and its main objective is to support all kinds of peace and nonviolent activities around the world. She is a strong advocate for the participation of women in active conflict resolution as per UN resolution 1325 and Millennium Goals 2015 of UN to involve women as equal stakeholders to opportunities to work, use full potential at every level of leadership and decision making therefore advocate and raise voices for Global issue. Mushaal’s love for art developed at an early age and her art work has been selectively displayed in Islamabad (Pakistan), Washington (USA), Srinagar (Kashmir), as well as various competitions. Besides art she is interested in political economy and has done her BSC Hons in Economics. Her inspiration stems from the raw beauty of the ‘feminine mystique,’ and the horrors of abject poverty. Her painting titled, “Shame on Humanity,” was inspired by the victims of the South Asian Earthquake of 2005. She is also working for wild life conservation and has participated in various animal rights programs including tiger extinction and hangu dear extinction in Kashmir by donating paintings of these animals and raising awareness of how to protect these endangered species. She sells her artwork for charity to aid women development (particularly the widows and orphans of Kashmir conflict).