This week the ASTRAIA Female Leadership Foundation launched its Ambassador – Programme. Our ASTRAIA Ambassadors are Female Leaders from politics, business, science, civil society, sports, arts and culture. Among others, they are going to make the foundation and its projects better known in public. They commit themselves to the ASTRAIA Female Leadership Foundation’s aid projects and raise awareness for the horrendous living and working conditions of girls and women around the world. At the same time, our Ambassadors serve as internationally recognized role models for other girls and women. They encourage them to follow their own path and therefore further gender equality.
We are happy to welcome Nadira Panjwani from Pakistan and Fiona Stanley from Australia as new ASTRAIA Ambassadors!
Nadira Panjwani | Dedicated philanthropist and founder of the Panjwani Charitable Foundation and Trusts
“Hilal-i-Imtiaz“, “Crescent of Excellence” and “Sitara-i-Imtiaz”, “Star of Excellence”. Those are the names of the second and third highest honours in Pakistan. The President of Pakistan awards them for outstanding performance in literature, sports, arts, medicine, science and public commitment. Nadira Panjwani, dedicated philanthropist and founder and management trustee of the Panjwani Charitable Foundation and Trusts was awarded this highly recognized prize in 2000 and once again in 2005. Panjwani, a social worker from Karachi, derives from a well-known committed family. In January 1992 she and her father laid the foundation stone for a public hospital. Since 1996, Nadira Panjwani has been honorary professor at the Bahira University, the academic branch of the Pakistan Navy, and supports students in need. In 1997, her donation enabled the construction of a new building for Pakistan’s largest school for visually impaired. In 2000, the foundation stone was laid for the first research centre for molecular medicine and the development of medicines. Moreover, Nadira Panjwani is the founding director of the Pakistan Human Development Fund.
Fiona Stanley | Epidemiologist and “Australian of the Year 2003”
Prof. Dr. Fiona Stanley started her medical career as paediatric epidemiologist, focussing on birth defects and infantile brain damages. In 1990, she founded the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Australia’s most successful paediatric research centre, which she has been heading to this day. Prof. Dr. Stanley is a mother of two daughters and also works at the School of Paediatrics and Child Health of the University of Western Australia. In 2000, she founded the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. Moreover she is a governmental advisor and internationally and frequent speaker regarding socio-economic influences on child health.