Mahira Khan and Dr Sania Nishtar among BBC’s Top 100 women

Critically acclaimed Pakistani actress Mahira Khan and Dr Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety to Prime Minister (SAPM), have successfully made it to the list of BBC’s Top 100 inspiring women, making the whole nation honored.

Mahira Khan and Dr Sania Nishtar
Mahira Khan and Dr Sania Nishtar among BBC’s Top 100 women

The British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC] recently revealed the list of “100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2020” and to Pakistanis’ surprise, 2 national women, namely Mahira Khan and Dr Sania Nishtar were included.

“This year 100 Women is highlighting those who are leading change and making a difference during these turbulent times.” said the publication.

“And in an extraordinary year – when countless women around the world have made sacrifices to help others – one name on the 100 Women list has been left blank as a tribute.”

Mahira Khan & Dr Sania Nishtar among top 100 women

The veteran and extremely talented showbiz starlet Mahira Khan, who is spotted socially very active, voicing out her concerns over communal injustice, is the first Pakistani woman to make it to the ranking.

Mahira Khan and Dr Sania Nishtar

Be it Afghan refugee cause or a protest against rape victim, Mahira is always speaking her heart, under any circumstances. And that makes her much idolized as a human. In addition, other than an actress, Mahira Khan also serves as the national goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Hence, BBC appreciated Mahira’s services, by entitling her among the Top 100 inspiring women of 2020.

Mahira Khan is no ordinary actress – she is outspoken against sexual violence, refuses to endorse skin-lightening creams and supports the fight against racism. She wants to tackle social issues in her native Pakistan by changing the narrative in films and on TV.

Mahira is a national goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, raising awareness of the plight of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. She’s been a firm favourite with audiences ever since starting out as an MTV video jockey (VJ) in 2006. Mahira is also a devoted mother to her 11-year-old son.

Stated BBC’s journal.

The second honorable female, who made it to the list alongside Mahira Khan, was Dr Sania Nishtar who is a Pakistani physician, cardiologist, activist and federal minister. Sania currently holds the status of special assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety to PM Imran Khan.

Moreover, the dignified Sania Nishtar was also a former chairperson of Benazir Income Support Program [BISP], which offers financial support, to the ones in need. Other than that, she has also served in the interim federal cabinet in 2013 overseeing public health, education and science.

Mahira Khan and Dr Sania Nishtar

Dr Sania’s services are not limited to Pakistan only. Nishtar co-chaired WHO’s High-Level Commission on Non-communicable diseases along with the Presidents of Uruguay, Finland and Sri Lanka. Also, she is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the future of healthcare and co-chairs the U.S National Academy of Sciences Global Study on the Quality of Healthcare in low and middle-income countries.

Furthermore, she also chairs the United Nations International Institute for Global Health’s International Advisory Board and is a member of the International Advisory Board on Global Health of the German Federal Government.

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And as 2020 was all about praising Doctors and health care professionals, amid Corona Virus outbreak, Dr Sania Nishtar’s services had to be applauded. Praising her efforts towards healthcare, BBC entitled Dr Sania among Top 100 women globally.

Mentioning Dr Sania Nishtar, BBC read,

 Dr. Sania Nishtar is a leader in global health and sustainable development. Since 2018, she has been spearheading the transformative Ehsaas Poverty Alleviation programme, which has improved the livelihoods of millions of Pakistanis by providing mobile banking and savings accounts, and other basic resources.

As SAPM on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Sania has helped to empower the masses by taking the necessary first steps toward the development of a welfare state in Pakistan.

Hence, Mahira Khan and Dr Sania Nishtar now hold the titles of being the Top 100 inspirational women globally, who are audacious and spirited enough to battle against injustice and represent their countries on any platform.

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