Pakistan is once again extremely proud of its young and upcoming generation for having achieved yet another recognition that has taken this nation’s name to another level.
These exceptional individuals have brought about a positive change in society, their hard work and dedication have encouraged countless people in their communities to selflessly contribute just as they have.
These young men and women are just under the age of 25, the youngest being 18 years old. Out of these 10, 6 are Pakistani residents, while one is from Azad and Jammu Kashmir (AJK), and 3 are overseas Pakistanis.
These individuals are Iqra Bisma, Ramna Saeed. Faryal Ashfaq, Alizey Khan, Muhammad Amir Khoso and Moazzam Shah Bukhari Syed, Arqam Al-Hadee hail from Azad Jammu Kashmir while Moiz Lakhani, Aiza Abid, and Sikander (Sonny) Khan are overseas from Pakistanis.
Meet the Recipients
Moazzam Shah Bukhari Syed, on Friday, received the award for his Hyderabad-based project called ‘The Walkway School’ initiative which has been trying to enrol out-of-school children in rural areas of Pakistan’s southern Sindh province. Syed was nominated for the honour in February by the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) in the Asia Pacific.
Iqra Bisma, the youngest awardee is just 18 years old. She is a mental health activist who has started a platform called ”TALK’ (Time Attention Listening Knowing) for those who need mental support it is also Pakistan’s first listeners’ platform providing listening support to people while engaging the youth in engagement sessions.
Aiza founded her non-profit ‘Aiza’s Teddybear Foundation’ with a mission to provide emotional and physical support to children around the world. Arqam, who hales from AJK, is now a multi-national and international award-winning speaker and youth leader who was elected youth MP representing over 180, 000 people. He was the British Muslim Award 2019 winner from across the country for promoting human rights.
The 22-year-old Faryal runs her own NGO called ‘The Mirror’, which fights against gender-based violence in Pakistan this is the first platform for young girls in the country to become a voice for those who feel unsafe, unheard, and not believed. The other awardees are similarly working on various issues including women empowerment, education and harassment.
What is the Diana Award
The Diana Award is the most prestigious accolade established in the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. It is presented to young people aged 9-25 years for their social or humanitarian work. this is the longest-running award for individuals of this age bracket with a retrospective nomination process. Instead of working for the award, these young people demonstrate their suitability through actions without expectation.