Important Announcement

Institute of Peace and DIplomatic Studies-Centre for Women Peace and Leadership proudly announce the nominations of our two Emerging Young Women Leaders Congress Fellows for the prestigious regional award NPeace Awards initiated by UNDP Asia Pacific with the generous support from Govt of Canada and Inclusive Security Washington DC. We would like to invite you to generously vote for both of our Nominees shortlisted for the Award and help us to project the work of resilent, brave and strong young women who are working for promoting the development of their communities.

Mahira Ahmad Miyanji, Liyari Sindh

Mahira is Emerging Young Women Leaders Congress, Fellow for 2015. Mahira Miyanji is a social advocate who promotes women’s empowerment and girl’s education. In 2013, she established the girls at a time Woman is Nation Welfare Organisation – a platform that provides free education for 125 through a system of 12 volunteers. So far, 2500 girls in Lyari, Karachi have benefited from the programme. Families with the option to educate their children often choose boys to go to school rather than girls. Mahira’s organization created a school for girls and women to attend free of charge and has been working with local and national politicians to standardize free education for girls. Nowhere has gained regional and global gravitas; she participated in the Emerging Young Women Congress Fellowship programme with the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies in 2015, and in 2017, she represented Pakistan at the ‘Beyond Girls Education Global Summit’. In 2015 and in 2016, Mahira received the Lyari Youth Icon Award from the Karachi Youth Initiative. In 2016, Mahira also received the I Am Karachi Award for her work in education for girls and women.

Shazia Ahmed Langove, Balochistan

Shazia is Emerging Young Women Leaders Congress, Fellow for 2015. A political leader in Balochistan, Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan, Shazia Ahmed Langove works to increase women’s political participation in an area known as a target for terrorist attacks. Despite cultural and socio-political challenges, Shazia have been working actively to increase the participation of women in public forums. Beginning her political career in 2004 when she joined the National Party, Shazia rose up the ranks and was elected Secretary of Women Affairs between 2010 and 2014. She was further twice elected as General Secretary for the Pakistani Chapter of the South Asian Women’s Alliance. Between 2011 and 2012 she served as Coordinator for Interparty Human Rights Commission for National Party. In 2015, Shazia participated in the ‘Emerging Young Leader’ Programme as a mentor. In 2016, she was awarded the Young Champions Award. She has served on numerous roles outside of politics, primarily in research as a Research Consultant for the Institute for Public Opinion and Research, as well as a Researcher for the International Republican Institute. She has documented the experiences of women in the Balochistan area through the publication of a short online story series. She is currently running for the position of Aman Jirga in Balochistan.

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