The sacrifices rendered by Fatima Jinnah for democracy were matchless- an active political figure in the movement for independence. She is commonly known as ‘Khatun-e Pakistan (Lady of Pakistan) and ‘Mader-e Millat (Mother of the Nation)- becoming the focal point for aspirations of Pakistani women after the death of her brother.
She worked for the promotion of women’s rights and privileges in the country and her role was a beacon of hope for the Muslim women. During the transfer of power in 1947, Fatima Jinnah formed the Women’s Relief Committee, which later formed the nucleus for the All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA).She also played a significant role in the settlement of Muhajirs in the new state of Pakistan.
Fatima Jinnah’s role in the making of Pakistan and in acting as her brother’s representative is exemplary. She deserves to be remembered not because she was a sister of the great leader but because she worked for the creation of Pakistan and motivated the women at large.
“The movement of Pakistan which the Quaid-i-Azam launched was ethical in inspiration and ideological in content. The story of this movement is a story of the ideals of equality, fraternity and social and economic justice struggling against the forces of domination, exploitation, intolerance and tyranny.”
–Fatima Jinnah’s message to the nation on