Pulwama, July 11
Sehar Iqbal, a Kashmir based social activist has been awarded prestigious Oxford-Executive MBA Scholarship for women for 2020-21. Sehar became the first Kashmiri to earn the prestigious scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded to a female candidate on the basis of academic excellence demonstrated through degree results, previous university prizes, leadership skills, awards and other academic achievements.
Sehar, who hails from Remote village of Wangam in Kokernag area of Anantnag District, has 15 years of work experience in Kashmir, UK, Tajikistan and Bangladesh. She has reached needy people during 2004 Tsunami in Tamil Nadu, 2005 earthquake in Tangdar and Uri, 2007 SIDR cyclone in Bangladesh, Muzaffarnagar communal riots in Uttar Pradesh, 2014 floods in valley and during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in both divisions of Kashmir.
Sehar was a 2012 fellow of the founding class of the Asia Society’s India Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Initiative.
She has worked with the Aga Khan Foundation, the European Commission and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies .
it was after tragic death of her brother in a car accident in 2011, she started her own NGO, The Sajid Iqbal Foundation for Peace and Human Rights, which works primarily in Jammu and Kashmir.
Since 2011, the NGO has conducted blood donation camps, provided power back up systems in public hospitals, provided free legal aid and wheelchairs to accident victims, provided relief to flood victims, created craft-based self-help groups for women and helped unemployed people in rural areas to create avenues of livelihood through different programs.
During recent lockdown, Sehar provided ventillators and PPE kits to various hospitals; She reached over 5000 families during lockdown in different areas of Kashmir with essential food stuff and other safety items .
Mudasir Dar, a renowned socio-political activist from South Kashmir’s Pulwama congratulated Sehar Iqbal on becoming the first Kashmiri to earn prestigious Oxford Women’s Scholarship for 2020-21.
Mudasir appreciated her as inspiration for many youth.