In a big achievement for the country, Mahira Khan has landed on BBC‘s 100 Most Influential Women of 2020 list released on Nov. 24.
The list honours 100 women who “are leading change and making a difference during these turbulent times” according to the outlet, and features a diverse group; from activists and philanthropists to actors and politicians, the list is a round-up of women from around the globe.
The starlet said she feels absolutely grateful for the honour bestowed on her and to be named amongst some of the most inspiring women in the world is a monumental achievement.
On Tuesday, British Broadcasting Corporation named Mahira in the prestigious list recognising her undying services to the South Asian cinema.
She was further lauded for her humanitarian efforts as the national goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
“Mahira Khan is no ordinary actress – she is outspoken against sexual violence, refuses to endorse skin-lightening creams and supports the fight against racism,” writes BBC in its description of Mahira.
“She wants to tackle social issues in her native Pakistan by changing the narrative in films and on TV,” it adds.
Apart from Mahira, Dr Sania Nishtar, who currently works as the Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety to PM Imran Khan, has also made it to the coveted ‘100 women of 2020’ list.
Furthermore, BBC reinstated how Khan is a national Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, who is “raising awareness about the plight of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.”
“She’s been a firm favourite with audiences ever since starting out as an MTV video jockey (VJ) in 2006. Khan is also a devoted mother to her 11-year-old son,” it concluded.
Earlier, as the UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan, Khan shared a video message featuring celebs from around the world to voice the plight of refugees everywhere. “We’re proud to speak up for refugees everywhere,” she said. “We all have a part to play in helping somebody else., including me. What will yours be?”
“Every action counts, every voice counts,” she wrote in the caption for the share.
Hollywood celebs such as Reluctant Fundamentalist star Riz Ahmed, Cate Blanchett, Ben Stiller and Benedict Cumberbatch also spoke up for the cause in the same video as Khan’s.
Prior to this, on World Refugee Day, in a bid to bring global awareness to the plight of refugees around the world, Khan voiced her narrative by tweeting about Pakistan’s role in hosting millions of Afghan refugees. “They’ve been denied a home, but we haven’t denied them hope,” Mahira tweeted. “Pakistan has been hosting millions of Afghan refugees over several years and continues to do so, we have given them a home within our motherland,” she continued.
“When the refugees of Makkah were welcomed by the Ansar of Medina with an open heart, the tradition of brotherhood and solidarity came alive,” the Raees star remarked in a follow up video. “To this day, the nation has kept these traditions alive.”