BBC’s 100 Women news season is back featuring influential women. This year women from around the world will be asked to come up with innovations to tackle some of the biggest problems they face. Currently, it features 60 names which include NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sir leaf, England footballer Steph Houghton and India’s Women Cricket team captain Mithali Raj. The other 40 names will be featured later in October.
This year it also features two young and aspiring personalities from Pakistan; 25-year-old singer-songwriter Momina Mustehsan along with Resham Khan, an aspiring 21-year-old model who was the victim of an acid attack in London.
The BBC website officially described Momina as an engineer, mathematician, musician, and an ambassador for a cricket team in Islamabad and featured a quote from her that reads, the quote that helped me the most with my life was:
It only gets better when you get better. Would you believe I found this on the inside of a New York takeaway fortune cookie when I was binge-eating my way through depression? That woke me up.
Besides Momina, the second Pakistani Women to get featured is the courageous 21-year-old model and acid attack Victim, Resham Khan. Resham and her cousin Jameel Muhktar were attacked by a man throwing acid through their car window on Ms. Khan’s 21st birthday in Beckton, east London, on 21 June. The pair endured life-changing burns. Resham has been writing about her recovery on social media and has also started a blog. The business student has also been talking about getting her life back to normal and returning to university. Aside from blogging her recovery, the student has been lobbying the government to discuss acid attacks in parliament. A fundraising page for herself and Mr. Muhktar, who is 37, has reached almost £57,000. She said her main priority was to ensure she made a full recovery and make sure nobody else is forced to endure her “living nightmare”. We wish Resham and Mukhtar a speedy recovery.
These two influential Pakistani women are making us proud throughout the world and are a big achievement for Pakistan.