Fatima al-Fihri was a well-educated daughter of a rich merchant in Morocco. When her father passed away, she inherited his entire fortune. But instead of spending the fortune on luxuries to pamper herself, Fatima used it to build a legacy that would last over a thousand years with significant impact to the history of humankind.
A courageous young activist from Pakistan who championed women’s rights and education. She stood up against the Taliban in her home town and was constantly threatened. Despite the clear and present danger for her and her family, she continued her campaign and was eventually shot in the head by the Taliban.
Ilhan Omar is the first naturalized citizen of African birth to serve in the United States Congress. She had to endure the hardship of a civil war in her country, fled to a refugee camp where she spent 4 years. Finally, escaping to the United States where she is subject to constant death threats and harassments due to her belief and ethnicity.
The late Dr. Hawa Abdi was a human rights activist and physician in Somali. Over her lifetime, she had helped save and protect over 90,000 lives, mostly women and children. Read her story on how one woman can have such a significant impact over the lives of so many.
Shofika Begum belongs to the most vulnerable group in her society, at risk of sexual and other violence. But despite the atrocities and odds, she and a group of women managed to overcome the tragedies they suffered and stitch up their broken lives.
From housewife to recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, considered by many as Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
Angkhana Neelapaijit’s story is one for the movies. Transformed by a tragedy in her personal life and by events in her community. She bravely took on the authorities and eventually became the champion for human rights victims in her country.
Mama Yati is a strong maternal figure among her extended family members. Well love and cherished by everyone.
As a Muslim woman, she is proper when it comes to respecting elders, greetings before meals. As a person, she is never too old to learn and try anything. As a survivor, she fights her disease with courage and dignity.
A wonderful role model for her family and everyone who knows her.
A world famous architect and the first ever woman to win the Pritzker Prize (architecture's most prestigious prize).
One of the greatest creative forces in architecture in our time with iconic structures in several major cities around the world.
An exemplary woman of Islam who broke the shell of restrain and exhibited her brilliance on the world stage.