If such a blissful title as the “lady with a lamp” were to synchronize with trend-setters in social service sacrifices, a few examples quietly and humbly shine over the gloomy human horizon both home and abroad.
Attribute Pakistan’s Marie Adelaide Centre (MALC) please with such divine lady health professionals, as Dr. Ruth Pfau, Frau Schreiner, Safia baji, Dagmar Feldmann and others, rising over self sacrificing hearts and souls to combat pains and agonies of the scary and horrendous ailment of leprosy as targeted.
There are many unsung young and old ladies working quietly for the poor, weak and ailing in Pakistan.
Remembered in Pakistan, by those who are informed or are familiar with, are a few less-heard models of grace, dignity and honor, synchronizing with the title “lady with the lamp”, mainly from our female journalists. Attributed here are Late Maisoon Hussain, DAWN, and Late Ayesha Haroon, THE NATION, media professionals par excellence, extending silent and gracious, efficient and effective mentoring and support to their colleagues and co-workers and very quietly and most altruistically lending their hearts out for the less-privileged indeed.
The year 2020 marks the bicentenary of British nurse Florence Nightingale’s birth. The Victorian is considered one of the founders of modern nursing. She was a tough pioneer, whose principles on hygiene underpin modern-day medicine – and are relevant in the fight against today’s coronavirus epidemic.
Florence Nightingale, the “lady with the lamp” who attended wounded soldiers, but a new exhibition shows her as a tough pioneer whose principles on hygiene underpin nursing today as the world battles coronavirus.
Imagine how “kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless” submits humane and saintly of a philanthropic prodigy, Mother Teresa, lady with a lamp from the slums of Calcutta endeavouring to address human suffering with a “smile” as the very first miracle tonic even for last-stage and pandemic human ills and ailments.
Delving deep into the women’s contribution to humanity beyond boundaries, continent after continent: Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas, including what known as the dark continent of Africa! From women’s suffrage and civil rights movement to contemporary issues of class, color or creed, African-American women have dedicated their lives to changing their communities — and the world, justifying them with the title “lady with a lamp”: Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) was dedicated to combating exclusion of African-American women from the women’s rights movement. Thyra J. Edwards (1897-1953) held travel seminars around the world, focusing on at-risk populations and women in cultural contexts. She was a skilled journalist, orator and union organizer, and served as the executive director, Congress of American Women. Dorothy Height (1912-2010), called “the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement” by Barack Obama, was a key figure in groundbreaking developments of the 20th century joining the Harlem YWCA in 1937, directing integration of its centers and establish its Center for Racial Justice, volunteering for the National Council of Negro Women, and became president of the organization in 1957.
Darlyne Bailey professor dean emeritus and director of social justice initiative at Bryn Mawr College, started a community mental health center at Case Western Reserve University, where she earned her doctorate. In 1994, she was appointed Dean of the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences at Case Western. Honored as a Social Work Pioneer she emphasizes on a multidisciplinary, multicultural approach to health and human services, leadership development and organizational behavior. Ruby Gourdine, professor at Howard University, began her career as a probation officer in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of Richmond, Virginia, where she became interested in issues of race and child welfare. After receiving her master’s degree from Atlanta University, she became the first professional social worker hired by the Roxbury Children’s Center, where she would develop their adoption program.
Mildred Joyner has been a community activist and a pioneer in teaching, writing and researching gerontology and multicultural issues for 30 years. She began her career as a child welfare worker in the Chester County Children, Youth and Families Agency in Pennsylvania. Ruth Mcroy, following 25 years of teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, now directs the RISE (Research and Innovations in Social, Economic and Environmental Equity) Program at Boston College. Her research focuses on the history and philosophy of American social welfare, and issues surrounding adoption and foster care. She also contributes to the AdoptUSKids project, studying barriers to special needs adoptions, published over 100 articles and 12 books, received many honors in her lifetime, including being selected as a fellow of American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, 2010.
Back to the roots and sweet home Pakistan: A true legend and icon of social mobilization and the very first crusader for women rights in Pakistan, and as such, justifies with the title “lady with a lamp” Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan, with a sound academic and professional background in Economics, was married to Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan’s first Prime Minister. In 1949, she arranged a conference of over 100 active women from all over Pakistan. The conference announced the formation of a voluntary and non-political organization for the social, educational and cultural uplift of the women, named as All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA) with her as its first president.
She was later appointed the Pakistani ambassador to Netherlands in 1954 and also served in a similar capacity later in Italy and Tunisia. In 1973, she was appointed Governor of Sindh, the first woman to hold that position in Pakistan’s history. She has been conferred the Nishan-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan. Rana Liaquat Ali Khan died on June 13, 1990 at Karachi. But the enlightening role of APWA, amid full and total guidance and support of Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan, despite her official role and responsibilities, continues to shine brightly over the national horizon.