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From Kashmir’s first female ‘Ladishah’ Areej Syed Safvi to Sahitya Akademi award winner

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Eight young Kashmiri women achievers here on Saturday were honoured by Dheeba Nazir, ‘ELFA International.’

During a ‘Jashn-e-Parwaaz-e-Niswaan-Lal Ded-Khatoon-e-Kashmir award 2021’ event organised by the ELFA in collaboration with the Northern Railway Women’s Welfare Organization (NRWWO) at the SKICC on the banks of Dal Lake, the women achievers were honoured.
ELFA International’s CEO Mehran Khan said the event was held to celebrate the achievements of the Valley’s successful women.

Other women awarded on the occasion included Urfa Mir and Dr Asifa Jan in the category of health care, Naziya Hurra and Shafaqat Geelani in the category of social work, and Azra Mufti and Tabassum Firdous in the category of education.
In the categories of art, culture, and entrepreneurship, Areej and Dheeba were won.

NRWWO President Namita Agarwal, who was the chief guest, spoke on the occasion and said she was pleased to see the ELFA’s work for women and child welfare.

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“I appreciate the work undertaken by ELFA for the welfare of women and children. During Covid (lockdown), we discovered that if we are powerful on our own, we don’t need support from others,’ she said.

DLSA President, Budgam, Fozia Paul, who was the guest of honour on the occasion, said that compared to other parts of the country, women in Kashmir faced ‘very less discrimination’.

She also appreciated the work carried out by ELFA International, which has been carrying out its activities for four years now.

Ayesha Aziz, the young pilot, was also present on the occasion.

There were also lively performances by famous singers Reshma and Adnan Dolwal at the event.

ELFA PiC by Faisal Bashir For NewsGlory

Winners of an Award:


· The cause of children affected by autism and early intervention diseases is associated with Shafaqat Geelani.

· During the Covid lockdown, social worker Naziya Hurra supported more than 600 families.

· Dr. Tabasusum Firdous is an Associate Professor at the University of Kashmir, Centre for Central Asian Studies, and has written many books and research papers.

Azra Mufti is the author of two books on violence against women,’ Tearful Chapters’ and the novel ‘Shattered Dreams’.

Dr. Asifa Jan serves as the Resident Medical Office at the LD hospital and is appointed as the Liason Officer with the responsibility of managing Covid 19 duties.

Ufra Mir is Kashmir & South-‘first Asia’s & only peace-psychologist’ and works at the intersection of psychological and peace-building research.

Syed Areej Safvi is J&K’s first female ‘Ladishah’ and has started a ‘mental illness challenge’ series to make people aware about the challenges faced by mentally ill people.

Student of renowned Kashmiri poet Naseem Shafaie, Dheeba Nazir’s book ‘Zareen Zakham’ won the Yuva Puruskaar award by Sahitya Akademi New Delhi in 2018.

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