LAHORE – The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund has documented a chronicle captioned “Women of Substance” to record success stories of seven women activists belonging to PPAF communities.

The book carries stories of resilience and adversity, unwavering self belief and faith in one’s destiny of the women who have played a role in the socio-economic development of the areas they live in. The course of their journey involved facing testing circumstances, braving stereo-typical attitudes and thinking beyond the four walls of their homes.

PPAF organised a simple ceremony to launch this chronicle and bestowed the first Amtul Raqeeb Award upon the seven women activists on the occasion of the International Women Day.

The women activists from different areas of the country include Mehr Nigar from Quetta, Nabila Qazi from Kasur, Syeda Najma Shakur from Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Rehana Bibi from Islamabad, Ghulam Sughra Solangi from Khairpur, Zakia Ikram from Mardan and Zeba from Chitral.

 “Women of Substance” gives the accounts of the life and struggles these women made under the hard-hitting circumstances and how they initiated different institutions for the welfare of downtrodden and the needy and became success stories in the areas.