7th LADIESFUND Women’s Awards 2015

11 Mar

Noorjehan Bilgrami, Zubeida Mustafa, Astronaut, Peshawar Schoolteachers Honoured at LADIESFUND Awards

Official Group shot

Karachi 8th March 2015 Dawood Global Foundation held the 7th LADIESFUND® Women’s Awards for Pakistan 2015 at Sindh Governor House on 7th March, 2015 where over four hundred of the most dynamic and inspiring women in Pakistan were in attendance including Pakistan’s only astronaut Namira Salim, the widow of brave Peshawar APS schoolteacher Saima Tariq, and lifetime achievement winners and Guests of Honour Noorjehan Bilgrami and Zubeida Mustafa.   

LADIESFUND® was established in 2007 as an initiative to provide financial security to women and to promote and train women entrepreneurs. It aims to integrate the entrepreneurial needs based on the economic and social aspects of the local communities, with respect to greater women participation in the workforce.  LADIESFUND® Advisory Council members include Abdul Kader Jaffer, Amir Adnan, Byram Avari, Dr. Ishrat Husain, Khalid Mirza, Khush Bakht Shujaat, Nasreen Jalil, Shafqat Sultana, Saad Khan, Sultana Siddiqui and Syed Ali Reza.

Tara Uzra Dawood, President, Dawood Global Foundation, announced, “We were delighted to hold the 7th LADIESFUND® Women’s Awards for Pakistan 2015 where we continue to honour the most dynamic and extraordinary women in our country.”

The Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, Chief Guest, added, “The LADIESFUND network of women and youth is an important one in Pakistan.  The Government is always pleased to support and help them be empowered and educate the women of Pakistan.”

The star-studded event attracted the Who’s Who of Pakistan including Kaukab & Pomme Shahbaz, Laeeq Akbar, Nafisa Bhutto, Nilofer Saeed, Irum Bibi Faruque (MPA), Chief Minister’s daughter Mona Shah, Talat Hashimi, Zeenat S. Ahmed, Nazneen Tariq Khan, Abrar Hasan (CEO, National Foods), Muna Siddiqui, Zahida Habib, Michael Foley (CEO, Telenor), Danish Wakeel (Mr. Commonwealth), Nida Azwer, Nargis Soorty, Dr. Parveen Kanji, Mehar Jawad, Alycia Dias, Hasan Rizvi, Akbar Chaudhry, et al.  The ceremony was graced by Swiss Consul General Emil Wyss and his wife Arie, Turkish Consul General Murat Onart and his wife Arzu, French Consul General Francois D’all Orzu, Oman Consul General and US Consulate Attaché Brooke E. deMontluzin.

The Pioneer Award was won by Namira Salim, Pakistan’s astronaut, and the Courage Award by Najma Sadeque (posthumous) and accepted by her daughter Denab.  The Khushalidol Award was won by late APS school teachers Saima Tariq and Tahira Qazi.  Brig. Tariq, spouse of Saima, flew from Peshawar to accept on his late wife’s behalf.  He gave a heartfelt speech and then Dawood Global Foundation had him present 10 scholarships to educate deserving girls, five in the name of his wife, and 5 in the name of her colleague.  The Bachelors scholarships were Nargis Soorty Scholarship (won by Alycia Dias), WEN Scholarship (won by Yamna Babar), SkinMedica (won by Kainat Chuttal) and Zein Obagi (won by Yusra Tufail).  The Aliya Ahmed Internatioanl Fellowship to Germany was won by Komal Gopi. The 2015 Trailblazer, Momentum and Woman of the Year Award Winners – People’s Choice – were won by Momina Duraid, Shafaq Habib and Hina Dil Pazeer respectively.

The very competitive People’s Choice awards were selected based on on-air and online campaigns by Dawood Global Foundation, LADIESFUND®, CityFM89, karachisnob.com and the media of Pakistan.

The venue was done up in an elegant pink and white theme and featured theatre seating, a magenta pink carpet and chic garden umbrellas. There were over 2600 bite-sized dessert pieces at the Pinkalicious Dessert Bar designed by Firefly and featuring the signature treats of leading female-owned patisseries and bakeries throughout the Sindh region.

Hosts: Dawood Global Foundation

Venue Partner: Sindh Governor House 

Idol Award Title Sponsor:  Khushhalibank Ltd.

Bronze Sponsor:  Pioneer Cement

Event & PR Partner:  TUD PR 

Beauty Partner:  Shamain Faruque 

Giveaway Partner:  Triumph, Bells n Bells, Tanzila’s Salon & Gym and Jabeen’z Salon 

Coffee Partner:  Nescafe

Floral Partner:  Zerritta Flowers

Music Partner:  EMI Pakistan 

Water & Cold Drinks: Ab-E-Haya & Amrar 

Silver Partner: Taneez 

Accessory Partner:  Uzma Javeri Silver Jewelry

Pinkalicious Dessert Coordinator: Firefly

T U Dawood Outfit: Sana Rashid for Diva Haute Couture

Dessert Partners:  Al Bakery, Ayesha’s Cakes, Pane & Amore, The Karachi Fudge Company, Sugaries, Dainty Cake Crafts, Bake Away by Namish, Cakespiration, HH Cake Creations, Sinful Bites, Bakelicious by Sania, Mrs Maltese, 
Kakes by Karimi, La’ Sacher, Studio Cupcakes, Sam’s Cake Factory and Hala’s Labels 

Entrepreneur in the Spotlight:  Khalida Brohi of Inaaya 

Young Entrepreneur in the Spotlight:  Zara Imtiaz

Aliya Ahmed International Fellowship Winner: Komal Gopi 

Media & Voting Partners: CityFM89, Karachisnob.com & 22-FOUR 

Scholarship Partners:  Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Iqra University, Institute of Journalism, SkinMedica, Zein Obagi & WEN 

Supporters: Artel by Bina Ali, U&I by Aneesa Unus, Hobnob Group, , Amina Jauhar, Enigma House of Fashion, Umair Saleem Photography

Executive Committee:  Aneesa Unus, Bina Ali, Fatima Ahmed, Maliha Bhimjee, Nazneen Tariq Khan, Nadia Patel Gangjee, Sarwat Nasim Shah, Uzma Javeri & Varah Musavvir. 

Special thanks:  John Tucknott, Emil Wyss, Francois Dall’Orzo, Sumbul Khan, Zahid Mubarik, Taylor Swift, Jan Koum, Student Advisory Board Members, Event Catalysts, Volunteers and all those who supported the LADIESFUND® throughout the year.

Special thanks to Media

LADIESFUND is a vehicle through which Dawood Global Foundation (the parent organization) gives back to the community and supports the upliftment of Pakistan women with activities such as LADIESFUND® Women’s Awards, LADIESFUND® Entrepreneurship Conferences, LADIESFUND® Women of Influence Luncheon Series, LADIESFUND® Internships, LADIESFUND® mentorships and LADIESFUND® Magazine. DGF is renowned internationally for its community projects and charitable work including its partnerships with initiatives such a SOS Children’s Villages, BABYFUND® Flood Relief campaign, LADIESFUND® Fellowships/Scholarships, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Google, The Citizens Foundation, etc.

We currently have 150 local and international partners working with us and our main goal for 2015 is to work toward educating 1000 girls as well as continue to hold global events, with upcoming dates planned for April 18th in Toronto, Canada and May 9th in Vancouver, Canada.


  • Celebrating phenomenal women
  • Supporting women with high potential
  • Highlighting positivity in Pakistan
  • Promoting advancement of women in Pakistan

LADIESFUND® Advisory Council: 

Amir Adnan, Abdul Kader Jaffer, Byram Avari, Dr. Ishrat Husain, Ghalib Nishtar, Khalid Mirza, Khush Bakht Shujat, Nasreen Jalil, Saad Amanullah Khan, Seema Taher Khan, Shafqat Sultana &Sultana Siddiqui.

LADIESFUND® milestones include:
– LADIESFUND® Women’s Awards

– LADIESFUND® Entrepreneurship Conferences

– LADIESFUND® Women of Influence Luncheons

– LADIESFUND® Magazine

– LADIESFUND® Internships

– LADIESFUND® Nominations for AllWorld Network’s PK100 and Arabia500

– LADIESFUND® Nominations for Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Women in Business Mentoring Programme

– LADIESFUND® Scholarships

– LADIESFUND® Fellowships

– LADIESFUND® E-daily newspaper: http://paper.li/LADIESFUND/pakistani-women-power-list

– LADIESFUND® Educate a 1000 Girls Programme – 600 girls funded to date

– LADIESFUND® Speed Networking Luncheon

– LADIESFUND® Power Lunches

– LADIESFUND® Workshops

– LADIESFUND® Educational Seminars Lunches


– LADIESFUND® Corporate

#LFA15 @ladiesfund #pakistaniwomen




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