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Rafia Saleem

Rafia Saleem

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Rafia Saleem’s passion for social change focuses largely on researching environmental issues and educating people on the importance of environmental protection.  She regularly contributes to leading newspapers and blogs, and has two recognized research papers on youth and environmental issues to her credit. Her advocacy and activism has helped raise awareness about polluted drinking water in local public schools. Through her environmental booklet “ABC of Environment,” she has focused on disseminating environmental awareness among children and youth. She has also led court appeals against a garbage dump near a local girl’s school and currently scripts, produces, and presents an eco-centered radio program “Sabz Khawab” (Dreaming Green) on a local radio channel. In recognition of her continued endeavors, she has won many awards including the Presidential Aizaz-E-Sabqat (Award of Excellence) given by President Pervez Musharraf under the Ministry of Education, a Young Eco-Hero Award given by California-based NGO “Action for Nature,” and the Fatima Jinnah Memorial Gold Medal awarded by the Ministry of Women’s Development, Social Welfare and Special Education.  Her dedicated efforts for environmental protection continue to help many in her country. Apart from her work on the environment, she is a chartered accountant by profession and works for a growing microfinance bank.

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