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Pakistani pioneer of women's movement remembered 

Nigar Ahmad worked for the empowerment of women in both India and Pakistan

Pakistani pioneer of women's movement remembered 

On International Women's Day, tributes were made to activist and educator Nigar Ahmad who passed away on Feb. 24. (Photo courtesy of the Aurat Foundation)

March 10, 2017

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Social workers from Pakistan and India dedicated International Women's Day 2017 to Nigar Ahmad, a pioneer of the women's movement, who died in February.

More than 250 participants raised slogans of freedom and paid poetic tributes to Ahmad, the executive director of the Aurat Publication and Information Service Foundation, at her former residence in Lahore on March 8.

"She was the first to ensure female empowerment by encouraging women to play political roles in local bodies. She also worked for women of all religions because females from religious minorities are fourth grade citizens in both India and Pakistan," said Kamla Bhasin, a New Delhi-based activist.

The AIDS Awareness Society joined other Christian organizations in remembering Nigar for her contributions to their causes.

"She always believed that the government should invest in making tolerant and caring humans instead of constructing roads and infrastructure. We need such brave women to change the system. We pray for her family and will always miss her," said Hector Nihal, the  Catholic director of AIDS society. 

Ahmad passed away on Feb. 24 after a prolonged illness. She was 72.

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