Today marks the celebration of International Women’s Day, a day that highlights women’s contributions and achievements.
I’d like to narrate the story of Muniba Mazari, her story is one that undoubtedly deserves special recognition and admiration.
Aged 21, Muniba was involved in a serious car accident whereby she suffered serious life-changing injuries. As a result of the accident, her lower body became partially paralysed. Bedbound for two whole years, she had time to reflect on her life and more importantly, her future.
Following the accident, Muniba spoke about herself and said – ‘that day I decided that I’m going to live life for myself. I am not going to be that perfect person for someone. I am just going to take this moment and I will make it perfect for myself, that I’m going to fight my fears.’
Nine years have now passed since her accident, and despite all odds, Muniba is a mother. She is also a well-known television host and a widely recognised motivational speaker. Her amazing story has reached millions and in 2015, BBC recognised her as one of 100 Most Inspirational Women. Muniba was also featured in Forbes’ “30 under 30” the following year.
As Pakistan’s first wheelchair-using artist and first female Goodwill Ambassador, Munibar continues to touch the world with her beautiful presence and teaches us that our dreams and inspirations can come true, we just have to believe in ourselves and see the world as our oyster.
Written by Samirah Majeed