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Muniba mazari biography

WHO IS MUNIBA MAZARI? 

March 1987 Muniba Mazari Baloch was born in Rahim Yar Khan which is in southern Punjab province, Pakistan.

Ethnicity

january 1988 Muniba Mazari is from a Baloch background,   belonging to the tribe of Mazari. She was raised in a conservative and deep-rooted cultural family.

Parents of Muniba

Parents of muniba

February 1988 Muniba’s father was an artist and her mother was a strong woman with the responsibility of   their house. She had a distant relationship with her father, while on the contrary, her mother was an important figure in her life, especially post-accident.

Early Life of Muniba

January 2001 Muniba went to the Army Public School in Peshawar and later attended college in her native hometown for a Bachelors’ in Fine Arts. She was a bright girl and keen on Arts & Painting.

Marriage of Muniba

November 2005 Marriage At the early age of 18, before she could complete her studies, she was married to a pilot in the Pakistani Air Force, Khurram Shahzad, because of her conservative Baloch family.

The setback

Muniba accident

February 2008 At the age of 21, Muniba and her husband met with a terrible car accident while travelling from Quetta to Rahim Yar Khan.

She sustained major spine injuries and several others, due to which her entire lower body paralyzed and left her paraplegic.

Finding Hope

May 2008 While lying on a hospital bed with a broken body, Mazari began to paint in order to distract herself. She started painting to “add some   colors” to the “sad, dull moments.” It was painting that kept her alive.

Fighting Life

Muniba mazari biography

April 2010 Being bedridden for 2.3 years, she moved to a wheelchair with help of treatment and   physiotherapy. Her mother motivated her through dark saying: ‘This too   shall pass. God has a greater plan for you. I don’t know what it is, but He surely has.’

Motherhood

Muniba mazari biography

January 2011 Four years after the accident, Muniba adopted her son,   Nael, giving her a strong reason to live. After experiencing motherhood, she became   a social activist working for children’s rights and education, and women empowerment.

Drifting Relationships

March 2014 Her husband divorced her because of her disability and she was left alone with her adopted son. Not only her husband, but her Father also left the family in such pain. Though, she considers her pain “beautiful” since it allows her to connect with others also in pain.

Iron Lady of Pakistan

Iron lady of pakistan

July 2014 The Iron Lady of Pakistan Mazari’s motivational speech at a TEDx event organized in Islamabad propelled her into the public eye. She urged people not to give up on   life and talked of the need to eliminate gender inequality and discrimination.

Working in Media

December 2014 PTV’s director found her through Islamabad Ted Talk and offered her a job in the network. She   worked in the program ‘Clown Town’ that dealt with children and old people. Muniba also became   a National anchor-person and hosted the ‘Mai Nahi Hum’ inspirational program on Hum News.

Spreading wings

December 2015 Muniba became the National Ambassador for UN Women Pakistan after being shortlisted in the 100 Inspirational Women of 2015 by BBC. She also made it to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2016.

Muniba as artist

Muniba mazari biography

January 2016 She became an established painter. With the slogan, Let Your Walls Wear Colours, she created her art brand called Muniba's Canvas. She   presented her art and paintings in several national and international exhibitions.

Legal battle

January 2017 Her ex-husband Khurram Shahzad sued Muniba in court for defaming him, demanding 10,000,000 Pakistani Rupees (USD 65,000.00). However, the court dismissed the case in January 2018.

First Wheelchair Model

Muniba mazari

April 2017 Muniba became a model, fighting her fear of hiding from people. She was chosen by Pond's as the Pond's Miracle Woman. She was also chosen by the international hairdressing salon, Toni & Guy, to become the first-ever wheelchair-using model in Asia.

Social Empowerment

January 2018 Social Empowerment Dedicated to Social Work, Muniba participated in several social campaigns in Pakistan such as ‘Dheeray Bolo’, ‘Dil Say Pakistan’, spreading awareness for Education and   Patriotism & Unity. 

She is also appointed to Pakistan's first-ever National Youth Council.

Activism

December 2018 Muniba has conducted numerous TV programs, events, speeches for Acid attack victims, Gender Issues, Girls Education, Physically disabled, Sexually abused victims and Transgender Issues.

Motivational Speaker

Muniba mazari biography

January 2020 Motivational Speaker With her powerful, inspiring story, and charismatic personality, she has participated as a motivational speaker on various fronts, with her first break being TED Talks, Islamabad.

Looking at future

March 2021 Looking at Future Mazari’s life-changing experience has turned her into an activist, encouraging women and girls that have experienced discrimination or violence to not fear or fight the pain.

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