WEB DESK: Muniba Mazari becomes the first Pakistani female United Nation goodwill ambassador for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the country.
Muniba would serve as an advocate for UN Women’s “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” and other campaigns.
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Mazari is a writer, artist, singer, activist and a motivational speaker. She is also a paraplegic, having lost control of both legs in a car accident. “I am a strong supporter of UN Women and the role we have in ending gender-based discrimination, and working towards gender equality, making it a lived reality by 2030.”
“We need to educate both men and women if we want to eliminate gender based discrimination from the country and from the world, and for this we’ll have to work together as one,” Mazari said.
After her accident she began painting while still at the Agha Khan Hospital. She is also a part of Toni and Guy’s wheel chair modelling campaign, the brand ambassador for the Body Shop Pakistan and Pond’s miracle woman.
She was named among BBC’s list of 100 most influential women of 2015.The announcement of Muniba as Pakistan’s first female national goodwill ambassador for gender equality and women’s empowerment is very timely as it follows the adoption by the Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif, along with other world leaders, of a new development framework in September 2015 at the UN General Assembly.