Woman who inspire me- Muniba Mazari. “The Iron Lady Of Pakistan”

Woman who inspire me- Muniba Mazari. “The Iron Lady Of Pakistan”

8th march is celebrated as international women’s day. This year has been a game-changer for many. For me, the feeling of being a part of a community has played a huge role in my professional growth. The blogging world has been really supportive when it comes to reading, writing best practices, prompts and more. Another amazing realization has been the presence of a sisterhood that celebrated each other’s achievements. Celebrating this essence of sisterhood, on international women’s day, I’d like to share my learnings and inspirations from “the Iron Lady of Pakistan ” Muniba Mazari.

Her story is not only awe-inspiring but also highly motivating. To endure what she has and still move ahead and achieve the things she has, has been my biggest learning from her life. Her story started with marriage at the age of mere 18 years. At 21 years of age, she met with an accident because her husband fell asleep while driving. This incident bought her life to a standstill. She was placed on bed rest for 2 year as she suffered paraplegia (paralysis of both legs due to injury to the spinal cord) but that was not just it. 

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They say life gives the toughest battles to the strongest warriors. Life had similar plans for Muniba. The doctor declared she wouldn’t have movement in her upper limbs. That meant she wouldn’t be able to do the one thing she loved “paint”. Another shock that came to her was because of the crush injury to her spine, she won’t be able to conceive ever. 

I can only imagine the pain she would have felt, both physical and mental. Two years of bed rest, staring at blank walls and coming to terms with the harsh realities of her life, only broke her spirits. But with improvements in her condition, her spirits rose and she decided to take the reins of her life in her hands. She did all she wanted to do, being wheelchair-bound.

She adopted an orphan boy and raised him as his own. The two share a strong bond and the fact that she is wheelchair-bound didn’t deter her spirits. She convinced the authorities to not judge her child-rearing abilities on the basis of her physical condition. 

She took over the canvas once again and painted her heart out and achieved many accolades for it too.

Her achievements are commendable. Today she is an artist(1), activist, anchor, model, singer and motivational speaker. Most of her career, however, has been built on painting and motivational speaking. Apart from this, Muniba was chosen by Ponds 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. Her first campaign for them was called Women of Substance.

She has participated as a motivational speaker in many talk shows like TED Talks Islamabad, Vcon Malaysia, Vcon Dubai and more.

Her undying spirit in life and her charity work has earned her a palace in the 

  • 100 inspirational women of 2015 by BBC, 
  • 500 most inspirational Muslims of the world
  • First Pakistani Muslim woman UN Goodwill ambassador 
  • Forbes 30 under 30 (2016)

My learnings from the life of Muniba Mazari:

  • Fate can’t bough you down if you don’t want it to
  • Nothing is impossible
  • Life is only 4 days long and 2 days have passed already, so seize the reins in your hands and go get what you want.

This blog post is a part of Speak Easy Blogging challenge by Dipika And Ruchi where we are “celebrating sisterhood”


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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Neeta Kadam

    She is really inspiring. I heard her on ted talk. She taught how to overcome the difficulties on your own wish. You can do if you want to do.

  2. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna

    I had seen few YouTube videos related to iron lady “Mubina mazar” before and felt that she is truly an inspirational lady who had fought with all odds situations of life so bravely and prove herself a real winner. thanks dr. Rahat for sharing her journey with us. indeed a great choice for theme.

  3. Sadvika Kylash

    Li loved how you described her and we know about her.. Its always great to know such inspiring women

  4. Sadvika Kylash

    Thanks for letting us know about her. They are some true inspiration!

  5. Faujimom

    Good post. I have watched her inspiring video on YouTube. She certainly walks the talk and a woman to be celebrated on women’s day

  6. Wow..such a motivational story.Seriously hats off to this women.Thanks for sharing that.

  7. Cindy Dsilva

    oh it takes gutts and strength to actually go through such a turmoil and still be an inspiration to many. Adopting is another good thing that she has done. Hats off to her and her courage and positivity.

  8. Wonderful interview from the other side…thank you for writing this unique post. #SpeakEasy

  9. TripleAmommy

    Thanks for choosing such an inspiring woman. I have seen her ted talk and she gives such a powerful message and she is the embodiment of courage.

  10. Neeta Kadam

    Muniba Mazari, what a thrilling life and the way she survived and successful in her life. Inspiration to all not only women but to every person.

  11. nooranandchawla

    Wow I did not know about Muniba and her inspirational story. It’s always heartening to read such poignant stories of survival and success in life.

  12. anurbannomadic

    I am in awe with the inspiration you have put together for Women’s day. Life is short and more importantly, we get to live only once. We must always remember to live it right

  13. Ujjwal Mishra

    That is inspiring story. Passion for painting kept her going.

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