Alina Azhar becomes first Pakistani woman to receive the The Diana Award

Alina Azhar, a 20-year-old is the first Pakistani woman who has received the prestigious Diana Award for her humanitarian work for the society. She was involved in the social work since she was 11 and made an NGO “Aasra” in Lahore.

The 20-year-old philanthropist has been involved in social work since she was 11 years old.

“This the first time that a Pakistani woman has been awarded The Diana Award,” said Azhar on SAMAA TV’s programme Naya Din on Tuesday. She added that she was awarded along with another Pakistani Ahmad Nawaz, who is one of the survivors of the APS Peshawar attack.

“This is the first time that someone from Pakistan was even nominated for the award,” she remarked.

She dedicated her award to her parents and said that she owes her success to them. “My parents have supported me the most,” she said, adding that her mother did all she could to help and support her after her father’s death.

Alina’s work has primarily focused on raising awareness about menstruation among women in Lahore’s Johar Town. She has organised menstruation camps and seminars on sexual assault in areas where over 70% of women face inadequate medical services.

Alina does not only work for women or the old people, she also works for the rights of transgenders in Pakistan.