Thari Girl wins ‘25 under 25 Women Award’

Success Stories

  • Kiran Kumari is among 25 young women of Pakistan under the age of 25 to be honored for their resilience and the strength they possess.

  • Hailing from village Kantio, she is a public speaker, creative writer, orator, part-time tutor, community mobilizer and doctor in the process.

By Sanjay Mathrani

Kiran Kumari, hailing from a small village of Tharparkar, Kantio, lives in Hyderabad and works to inspire young girls and women by spreading interfaith peace and harmony. She is a public speaker, creative writer, an orator, part-time tutor, community mobilizer, and doctor in the process.

Since 2017, Kiran has been training young people on issues like child labor, stress management, and women empowerment. She has been selected for ’25 Under 25 Women Award’.

The ‘25 under 25’ is an award of recognition by “The little Art” to the young women of Pakistan for their resilience and the strength they possess. It’s a successful celebration for what women are doing; it’s a chance for women to be an inspiration for other girls and women.

Village Kantio is known for the notable figures like Prof Dr. Bhawani Shanker Choudhary, who is a Pakistani ICT Professional and an electronics engineer. He is the Distinguished National Professor, Meritorious Professor, Emeritus Professor, and former Dean Faculty of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering at the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamashoro, Sindh, Pakistan.

Project Coordinator, Ramsha Tofique, shared that ‘The Little Art’, a non-government organization, has launched a project “25 under 25” to celebrate the strength and success of empowered young women. Its vision is to recognize 25 exceptional young women under the age of 25 who have courageously fought challenges to create an impact in their life and society. Such women may exist as ordinary around us, but they carry extraordinary stories of determination and passion.

“We are celebrating 25 stories of resilience to encourage and inspire millions.”

“These 25 young women represent the geographic and cultural diversity of Pakistan and bring assorted experiences and determination to contribute towards positive social, environmental, and cultural impact in Pakistan,” Ramsha said.

She added that young women are continually leaving indelible marks over the framework of history and it comes as no surprise that wings continue to spread every day. “In Pakistan, we are witnessing the change as it happens. From the seashores of Karachi to the chilly mountains of Skardu, and the desert of Tharparkar our 25 exceptional young women are breaking stereotypes while achieving dreams many have not yet dared to have. Their story will be published in ‘25 Under 25’ book to be launched at award presentation in a high-profile public event, and 5 short films on the best 5 stories selected by the jury.”

Some 145 young women applied to participate in this venture, of which 25 have been selected, and Kiran is one of them. She is proud young girl from the socio-economic deprived, but the hub of peaceful zone Tharparkar.

Kiran Jewraj is an active volunteer of Thar Education Alliance (TEA). When media personnel interviewed about her journey, Kiran excitedly said, “We can’t change our past. We can’t change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can’t change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.”

“You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that OK? Your life does not get better by chance; it gets better by change,” she said.

“This achievement is actually dedicated to the people of Tharparkar. I want to see each young woman of Thar to fly higher in the sky. We are not limited to the dreams, but we are to bring shine in the sky,” Kiran blissfully said.

When approached, Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shanker Chowdhry said “Every child is born God-gifted. What we need is to unlock that personalization.  Personalization is a keyword in daily human life. It can be interpreted as your unique recognition of your own efforts for your achievement of creation. Kiran has unlocked her personalization and developed the ability to achieve something special.”

CEO, TEA, Mr. Partab Shivani while appreciating the dedicated efforts of Kiran, said that Thar is full of talent; a Thari who is close to nature is very creative by ideas and innovation; every Thari talent wants to see Thar more productive. aA the desert of Thar is known as the hub of interfaith harmony, religious diversity, co-existence, and acceptance, these little arts are the only source to cultivate the positive image of their homeland with such kind of contributions.”

Shivani added that to hunt the talent like Kiran they are going to take an initiative like ‘Children Parliament’ in which they’ll provide the opportunities and exposures to the children of four union councils including Mithi, Chellar, Diplo, and Malnhore Vena to build their leadership skills, to write proposals in the context of interfaith harmony, and to promote the peace-building and co-existence in their surroundings. With the coordination of Culture Department Government of Sindh they will work to spread the message of acceptance, and tolerance.

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Sanjay Mathrani is a Thar-based freelance journalist

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