Pakistan has its fair share of heroes- individuals that break norms and barriers. Muniba Mazari’s story inspires one to achieve greatness, despite all odds. After being nominated by UN Women as Pakistan’s first female Goodwill Ambassador, she has become the face of gender equality and empowerment – despite being paraplegic, having lost control of both legs in a car accident.

Mazari is a writer, artist, singer, activist and a motivational speaker. Now as the goodwill ambassador she wants to dedicate her efforts towards making sure women realize their full potential. Through UN Women’s “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” and other campaigns, she believes she can make a difference in her country, where any semblance of being different can be used against you.

Mazari knows that many see her disability as being a deciding factor for her to tread carefully in life. Speaking with BBC as part of their '100 women of the year'- a list that has only two Pakistani women on it, she made it clear that she saw her wheelchair as her wings. Through her vibrant paintings, ones she started painting to break the taboo in Pakistan regarding women and paraplegia, she expresses in bold colours the strength of her own personality. Her work inspires others to live their lives to the fullest, and her determination and fearlessness makes Pakistan proud.

In Pakistan, suffering from a disability is considered as the worst that can happen to any individual, but Mazari proves otherwise. We need to make sure more soldiers like Mazari are heard and seen, rather than only waiting for the international media to take an interest in them.

These are our people. Remaining indifferent towards such inspiring stories is only our loss as a nation.