Archive for March 9, 2011

Ghulam Sughra Solangi-Marvi Rural Development Organization (MRDO)

This morning at the State Department, hosted  ceremony on the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama presented the annual International Women of Courage awards to 10 women from around the world. One of these 10 women is Pakistani Ghulam Sughran. She is Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Marvi Rural Development Organization is one of the luckiest Pakistani women who received 2011 International Women of Courage Awards by the Secretary of State.

Ghulam Sughra created the Marvi Rural Development Organization (MRDO), an NGO focused on   creating community savings funds and raising awareness of education, health, human rights, and social development issues.

Ghulam Sughra- Receives 2001 Int’ Women of Courage Awards by First Lady

While originally focused in her home village, Ms. Sughra has expanded to the rural areas of Sindh, Punjab, and Baluchistan provinces. Born in rural Sindh Province, Ms. Sughra was forced to marry at the age of 12. Six years later, Ms. Sughra became the first woman in her village to divorce, and consequently, became a social outcast. Severely beaten by her brothers when she tried to attend school, she pursued her studies at home. She later succeeded in becoming her village’s first female high school graduate and the first teacher at the first school for girls. She is 40 and can speak english, Urdu and Sindhi languages.

Video in which she receives awards from the first lady and the Secretary of State:

Ghulam Sughra from Sindh, Pakistan gives interview and shares the history of her work and challenges she faced in her life and work…