Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), organized AmtulRaqeeb Award ceremony for the female community members engaged in PPAF supported community development initiatives across the country in Islamabad to mark International Women’s Day 2017. This year the award was conferred upon seven deserving recipients, whose contribution to PPAF-supported communities in self-advancement and socio-economic development of the area they inhabit is invaluable.
Stefano Pontecorvo, the Ambassador of Italy in Pakistan was the chief guest at the occasion. He said, “I am glad that the money is going to people and initiatives that actually make a noticeable profound difference. And for this I am very grateful to PPAF. I am overwhelmed by the examples that these women are setting. I have an unshakeable belief that women are a lot better than men. Its women that change the status quo and if they don’t, then the men are going nowhere.”
Roshan Khursheed Bharucha, Chairperson PPAF, said “It’s an honor to be a part of what PPAF is doing for Pakistan, specially the women of Pakistan. It is these women, and women like them, who through their strength, courage, compassions and capabilities have made, and are making a difference, not only in their lives, but the lives of so many others.”
PPAF held the 1stAmtulRaqeeb Award ceremony on March 8, 2012. So far 33 women and 2 men have been conferred with AmtulRaqeeb award during the last five years.