WOMAN of ACTION™ – Dr. Shabnam Nazli

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is elated to Celebrate the Life of this courageous and tireless woman that offers her every extra waking hour helping the young women in her community. This trailblazer, all the way from Pakistan, is paving the way for a complete new generation of women, in a culture that has held women back for generations.

Join us in this celebration and welcome a true shining light into our Alumni of WOMEN of ACTION™.


Dr. Shabnam Nazli

I am Dr. Shabnam Nazli. I was born April 16, 1964 in Faisalabad, Pakistan. My parents had three children; two daughters and one son, me being the oldest. About the age of seven, I began to feel ignored and unloved, as more attention was given to my younger brother. As a result of their unhappy marriage and daily arguments causing many fights in front of the three of us, my parents had not noticed these feelings as they grew more and more within me. My father would not allow my mother to go outside, to shop for groceries, or to open the door when someone was knocking.

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After the completion of my secondary education I started attending the Government College of Faisalabad. My father was not in favor of my higher education. He wanted me to stay home and help my mother with her household duties. However, I stayed strong in my decision to getting the higher education that I felt was needed to come out from these difficult circumstances. When my father allowed me to further my education, I was forced to cover my head and face in order to attend the Local College and was frightened by many young boys and men as we traveled in our Tonga (horse van). But, I always stood for my freedom & rights.In Pakistan, the women are considered to be disloyal and treated as a vulgar thing. Women are taught from family members and collage to be very careful when they go outside while going to school, Churches, and markets.

Muhktar Mai, Pakistani gang rape victim, http://www.newsrealblog.com/2011/04/22/honor-killings-jew-hatred-un-think-an-open-letter-to-hina-jilani/

Women are limited to their ‘actions in public’.


Sajida Bibi teaches class at a shelter for abused women in Pakistan. (photo: Nicholas Kristof/The New York Times)

The woman in Pakistan is considered lower than the man, who is the head of the family. All the decisions are made by the male members of the family in no democratic ways. The opinion of a woman is not considered, not even in the matters of their own marriage. Due to the acts of domestic violence within the woman’s household, by family members such as: her husband, father, brother, and even a brother-in-law, women feel quite insecure within themselves and society.



At the birth of the male baby, great ceremonies are held, and sweets are distributed amongst the people, whereas the birth of a female baby gives the house an atmosphere that of a funeral. While growing up, the male child is served the best of foods while the female is given his leftovers. According to the parents, the male child holds all rights to family property, whereas the female holds a different and lower value.



After the female’s marriage, they will be the responsibility of their husbands, where most of them keep same thoughts and values.

Pakistani activists perform a skit in a street in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Thursday,
Sept. 4, 2008, to portray the recent “honor killings” in a tribal town in
Pakistan’s Balochistan province with banner which reads “Stop burying women in
the name of honour killing.” Pakistan opened an investigation into the killings
of five women who tried to choose their own husbands, after a provincial
lawmaker defended their deaths as a “centuries-old tradition.” (AP Photo/Pervez

PHOTO: http://www.rcinet.ca/english/column/the-link-s-top-stories/pakistani-family-fears-honour-killing/


The female child is restricted to the four walls of the house while the male child is allowed opportunities to play outside the house. The male child is given the best of education and all the freedom and liberty for his life, however, the female has no opportunity for education, freedom, or liberty which causes the lack of confidence and allows them to become victims of harassment, and domestic violence, and “honor killings”.


(Hassan, “The Fate of Pakistani Women.”) http://www.gendercide.org/case_honour.html



After the completion of my graduation, I continued my education at the Karachi Sindh, where I made the decision to not allow or accept all the discrimination for myself, and I would stand for my own rights which I firmly believed in since my childhood. For a short period furthered my education at the Hyderabad where I get involved with one local Woman’s group called, Hakook – e – Naswan in Tando allah Yarr Sindh.



From there, I moved back to Faisalabad and joined the Hope Development Organization in 2000. In 2002, I was elected as the Secretary General by HDO members and board, and since, served for 10 years straight. My basic interests are Women rights, peace education, and the empowerment Women’s skills. I have received several awards from Government Social Welfare Department and other institutions. I am presently Chairperson in the Hope Development Organization since January 2011, after the Advisory / Executive board and members made the decision that a women should be in leadership in the Hope Development Organization, simply because HDO strongly focuses on Women rights.


Chained Pakistani women shout for their rights at a rally to mark the International Women’s Day in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday, March 8, 2005. http://www.dismalworld.com/minorities/women_rights_in_pakistan.php


With this great responsibility, I believe that now is the time for me to do more for the ” Women of Pakistan “. The task is hard, but with the help of the many good friends who stand beside me today, I will continue to work hard in this kind of culture to establish connections both nationally and Internationally. My mission is (Gender Equality without differences), and together we can make a difference.

Dr. Shabnam’s ‘MISSION and Story of the Plight’ of the Women of our World in Pakistan is now even being told through the film industry of Pakistan,

here is an excerpt of one film … “Meherjaan”

“The purpose of ‘Meherjaan’ is to break free of the typical male narrative and open up a conversation to explore other perspectives on the Liberation War,” Rubaiyat said in an interview published earlier in The Daily Star.

Here: http://priyo.com/entertainment/2011/jan/28/18359/meherjaan-lot-naive-love-lot-less-war

If you’ve been following reactions to the film and reviews in newspapers and online, you’re well aware that “Meherjaan” has generated a firestorm of debate. While most are shocked and appalled by the film (rather the core idea of it), some have just chosen to see it as a work of fiction.

But before getting to the controversial part, let’s get the basics out of the way: The film follows Meher, who falls for a soldier from the enemy side during the Liberation War. When her love is discovered, she is shamed and silenced by her family and society. Thirty-eight years after the war, she is approached by Sarah — a ‘war child’, Meher’s cousin Neela’s daughter, who was given away for adoption. As Sarah tries to understand her origins, Meher recollects a past riddled with agony and guilt.

Perhaps the biggest objection to the film that has surfaced is the central story: a love affair between a young Bengali woman and a Pakistani soldier while the Liberation War is full-on. Many have questioned the “audacity” of the filmmaker; some sense a “hidden agenda“. When “The Reader” was released (in 2008), there was no controversy. It told the story of a teenager having an affair with an older woman who worked as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp during the 2nd World War. Neither did “Monster’s Ball” (2001) — a film about an African-American woman’s relationship with a racist prison warden who had executed her husband — raise an eyebrow. I’m not mentioning these films to draw a comparison; not at all — just analogies. The core concept is a seemingly inappropriate, politically incorrect relationship. Rubaiyat has even gone to the extent of making the character of the Pakistani soldier halaal: he is a renegade, who refuses to open fire on Bengali civilians. To his authorities there is no difference between him and a Bengali gaddar. Moreover, he saves Meher from an approaching troop of enemy soldiers and becomes her knight in shining armour in a true commercial movie style.

This film is not a documentary; neither does it claim to be a portrait of the Liberation War, it is an out and out work of fiction with references to a historic event; allegations of trying to distort history are thus undeserved.

The portrayal of Neela, Meher’s cousin who had been raped by Pakistani soldiers, has been criticised as well. Is there a certain code of conduct raped/abused women should abide by? Is it wrong of Neela to be defiant and unashamed? … ” Meherjaan :A Lot of Naive Love, Lot Less War.



Then she moved back to Faisalabad and joined Hope Development Organization in 2000 in 2002. She was elected Secretary General by HDO members and board and served for 10 years straight. Her policy work has focused on Women rights, peace education and peace economics. She keeps several awards from Government Social Welfare Department and other institutions at present she is serving in HDO as Chairperson.

From Jan 2011 the advisory / Executive board and members had decided in meeting that Women should be in leadership because HDO strongly focus on Women rights; in the result of the meeting Board and all members elect her chairperson of HDO because her services devotion / commitment was admirable.

Dr. Shabnam Nazli has requested the support of A Celebration of Women Foundation Inc. for the express purpose of raising funding for the 2012 year at Hope Development Organization. She blesses all efforts and asks all readers to assistance the wonderful Team at A Celebration of Women in Canada to Take Action !!


HOPE DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION presents Dr. Shabnam Nazli with Chairperson of the Board Award.

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Dr. Shabnam Nazli Chairperson,

Hope Development Organization gave a short introduction of HDO.



PAKISTAN – A Global Contender, worthy of our support.
Ref ” Wikipedia Article, Economy of Pakistan”




” Despite these adverse events, Pakistan’s economy kept growing, and economic growth accelerated towards the end of this period. This resilience has led to a change in perceptions of the economy, with leading international institutions such as the IMF, World Bank, and the ADB praising Pakistan’s performance in the face of adversity. … Pakistan emerged as one of the best performers in the wake of the global financial crisis. …”

To synopsize this Celebration of the Life of Dr. Shabnam Nazli, she completed her secondary Education from Sacred Heart High School In 1982 & completed her graduation in 1986 from Government collage Railway Road, & Start teaching in Grammar high School Faisalabad She served there for two years and also completed Bed Exams, Her favorite subject was sociology, in 1992 she completed her doctorate Degree from Sindh University & start teaching as assistant professor & start doing Social work activities with local Women group Hakook – e – Naswan in Tando allah Yarr Sindh.


Dr. Shabnam Nazli Chairperson of Hope Development Organization & former Chairman Mr. Rashad Javed meet Senator Akbar Khawaja.


A Celebration of Women™

sends our love and open arms,

 as welcoming this Sister into our Alumni of WOMEN of ACTION.

Brava Dr. Shabnam !

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