Gulalai Ismail. – A file photo

PESHAWAR, 6 October: Gulalai Ismail, a women’s rights activist from Swabi, was awarded the global Anna Politkovskaya Award in London on Thursday.

Reach all Women in War (RAW) gave this award to Gulalai Ismail alongside slain Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Gulalai founded Aware Girls, a non-governmental organisation, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the age of 16 for women’s rights. Her organisation raises voice against injustices against women and creates awareness among the people about women’s rights.

Gulalai expressed happiness over winning the award and said it was a big honour for her.

Nobel Laurate from Pakistan Malala Yousafzai has congratulated Gulalai for winning the award.

“I am proud to support my sister Gulalai Ismail, a fearless advocate for girls’ education and equality in Pakistan. Through Aware Girls, Gulalai is training young women to advocate for their rights. Her work is fostering the next generation of female leaders in our country. Despite discrimination and danger, Gulalai is continuing her fight to see every girl to go to school. She has been my friend for many years and I wish her congratulations on this distinguished honour,” Malala said.