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Zubeida Mustafa of Pakistan received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Women's Media Foundation in 2012. A journalist for 42 years, she was the first woman to work in the mainstream media in… Read more

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A PARADOX of the modern age is that as the world shrinks to become what Marshal McLuhan termed a global village, borders that separate people from one another are proliferating and becoming increasingly impenetrable legally. This is happening in an age when mobility is on the rise and people are leaving home in larger numbers than before. Some have experienced migration thrice in their lifetime. Generally, writers and analysts focus on the political, economic and sociological dimension of crossing borders. Attention is focused on governments’ policies of making foreigners’ entry difficult into their country, the impact migration has on the host nations’ economy/politics and the challenges of integrating migrants from diverse cultures into a cohesive society. There is yet another aspect of crossing borders — the human aspect.

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Zubeida Mustafa of Pakistan received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Women's Media Foundation in 2012. A journalist for 42 years, she was the first woman to work in the mainstream media in Pakistan and was an assistant editor of Dawn, an English language daily newspaper. Mustafa has written about such taboo topics as reproduction but primarily focuses on the inequalities of Pakistani society.

Along side her journalism, Mustafa has written numerous books. Her most prominent books are the revised and expanded “The Tyranny of Language in Education: The Problem and its Solution” (2015), “The SIUT Story: Making the Impossible Possible “(2013), and “Roshni ke Meenar: Syed Adibul Hasan Rizvi” (in Urdu for children) (2017). Her professional memoir and a collected translation of her columns are under publication.

Apart from the IWMF award, Mustafa has received the Global Media Award for Excellence by Population Institute (Washington) in 1986 and 2004, the Lifetime Achievement Award by IBA’s Centre for Excellence in Journalism in 2017, and the Award for services to the publishing industry from the Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association in December 2005 in recognition of her contribution to Books & Authors of Dawn.

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