- Age: 21
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Change starts at the individual level. If you really want to achieve something, start from your own home and encourage others to do the same. This will eventually lead to a cascade effect that can solve any and every problem we face; all we need to do is take the first step.
- Gulmina Imran
Gulmina Imran is a Pakistani female education and financial literacy activist. She is working toward a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology and a scholar at the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Program. As a first-generation student, she is heavily involved in research and the Society of Women Engineers. She liaised 256 youth delegates during YOUNGA Youth Delegate Program as a Working Group Leader in 2021 and was actively involved in the Generation Equality Forum 2021. In the past, Gulmina has worked with Darakhshan, a resource and vocational training center for Women with Disabilities and volunteered with Karwan-e-Falah, medical camps organized in rural areas to provide basic medical assistance to the inhabitants.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
My pursuit of gender equality was instigated by my mother’s incomplete education, which rendered her financially dependent on the men in her life. This, coupled with the struggle of the numerous females in my life victim to domestic violence, financial dependency, and much more, made me advocate for gender equality.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
Working with Darakhshan, a resource and vocational training center for Women With Disabilities (WWD), was perhaps my biggest achievement in my pursuit of gender equality. Alongside a group of six, I raised an awareness campaign in my city to advocate against the stigmatization and isolation of WWD in society.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I love to read, bake, and paint (although I’m not great at it). I also enjoy learning new concepts, subjects, and beliefs. I’m always open to the idea of gaining more knowledge. I like to spend my spare time with my family by going on walks or playing board games.
- Urdu (Advanced/Native)
- English (Advanced/Native)
- right to education and health services
- financial literacy
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award for Second Position in North Pakistan Region for Cambridge
- International AS Levels exams (June 2019)
- US Summer Sisters Exchange Program (2018)
- Internship at Ophthalmology Department at KRL Hospital Islamabad
- Member of Pak-US Alumni Network