In an unprecedented move The Little Art has started a 25 under 25 Award, which recognizes young women for their achievements and showcases the story of their passion and fortitude as inspiration to the millions of young females around the country.
The founder for The Little Art, Shoaib Iqbal said that the idea is to find young women that can be role models for school age girls. When talking about the registration process for the award he said “We were astonished by the response to our call from across Pakistan as young women from all over the country applied for the award.”
He added saying the final 25 were shortlisted on their achievements, work ethic and leadership abilities from across the country showcasing the geographic and cultural diversity of the nation.
Shoiab hopes that the programme will provide a will provide support and broaden the horizons of young women and will help them excel in life. Ushering in an Era of dynamic young women working towards goals in areas that were traditionally not open to women.
The life stories of these 25 women will be published in a book titled 25 under 25, while the top 5 will get their own documentary short films. All the top 25 will be given awards in an event in September.
Some of the women shortlisted are
Yumna Majeed, a space educator and founder of Exploration;
Aradhiya Khan, a 21-year old Pakistani transwoman activist;
Anjili Jewraj from Jacobabad;
Saira Zahid, a cyclist from Skardu;
Iqra, an architect from BUITEMS, Quetta;
Raheen Fatima, the youngest professional female stand-up comedian
Hani Baloch, a social activist from Karachi amongst others.