British High Commission announces first Asma Jahangir scholarship | Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The British High Commission announced a new annual scholarship dedicated to the legacy of human rights defender Asma Jahangir, the official statement said on Thursday.
The recipient of the inaugural award will be announced in August, when the Chevening scientists were selected in 2018, the press release said.
Chevening Scholarships are awarded to outstanding developing leaders to pursue a one-year Master's program at any UK university.
The scholarship program enables future leaders, influential persons and decision-makers from around the world to develop professionally and academically.
The statement also mentioned that in 2017, Chisning sent 63 Pakistanis to universities across the UK – including 23 women.
British High Commissioner Thomas Drew announced scholarships and addressed the ceremony.
He said: "I am happy to announce that Asma Jahangir's family agreed to create a scholarship on its behalf in the framework of our prestigious Chevening program. It is especially appropriate to have the opportunity to announce an award, which every year will be included in the list of the best female candidates on a chechen, on International Women's Day. For decades, Asma Jahangir was a valiant defender of the most vulnerable citizens of Pakistan. She was also a strong supporter of women's rights. This scholarship honors her achievements. "
The British HC further said: "Women throughout Pakistan, like the rest of the world, are underrepresented in politics, in leadership positions and in society. We hope that this scholarship will inspire future generations of Pakistani women, giving them a platform to realize their potential – helping, in turn, realize the great potential of their country. As the country's founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, said: "No nation can rise to the heights of glory unless your women are near you."
Asma Jahangir's daughter Sulema Jahangir also performed in honor of her late mother.
"Asma Jahangir passionately considered the importance of higher education. We welcome the call of the British Higher Commission to name one of its Chevening Fellowships as a worthy tribute to our mother and her life. "
The famous lawyer and icon of human rights Asma Jahangir died on February 11, Stroke. She was 66 years old.