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Sania Nishtar, Mahira Khan listed among 100 inspiring women

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Sania Nishtar and famous actress Mahira Khan have been listed among the 100 most inspiring and influential women around the world by BBC.

BBC disclosed in a list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2020, who are leading change and making a difference during these turbulent times like COVID-19 pandemic.

As per policy, “Though BBC 100 Women cannot name every woman across the globe who has made a contribution, this space is designed to allow you to think of the people who have had an impact on you, over the course of 2020. Sania has been featured under the knowledge category and Mahira under creative.

This distinction has been conferred upon Dr. Sania for her work and contribution to poverty alleviation, global health and development.

“The dramatic impact of Covid-19 presents us with a once-in-a-generation chance to build a fairer world and bring an end to poverty, inequality and the climate crisis. For this, women must be equal, empowered stakeholders”, said Dr. Sania.

Since 2018, Dr Nishtar is a leader in international health and sustainable development and she has been spearheading the transformative Ehsaas Poverty Alleviation program, which has improved the livelihoods of millions of Pakistanis.

As Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Sania has supported empower the poor people by taking the essential steps toward the development of a welfare state in Pakistan.

As part of the BBC’s policy, the BBC 100 Women team drew up a shortlist of candidates who had made the headlines or influenced important stories over the past 12 months.

Those who had inspiring stories to tell achieved something significant or influenced their societies in ways that wouldn’t necessarily make the news were also selected.

The pool of names was then assessed against this year’s theme – women who led change – and measured for regional representation and due impartiality before the final names were chosen.