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The Pakistani Candidate: The Guardian’s Int’l. Development Achievement Award

September 13, 2012 • Asia/Pacific, Daily Email Recap

Mr. Qamar Naseem is a program coordinator for a Peshawar based Pakistani organization called Blue Veins. Blue Veins focuses on women’s issue and empowerment, but tackles a slew of progressive causes — which is truly risky in the cultural environment in which they operate.

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Qamar is pioneering progressive ideas in an area of the world where uploading music can be considered subversive and where selling women’s clothes might be cause for a fire-bombing.

Qamar has now made a short list for the UK Guardian newspaper’s International Development Achievement Award. The award, now in its fourth year, aims to celebrate an unsung hero of international development for their contribution to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. The award is supported by Marie Stopes International and run in partnership with Barclays and GSK.

I hope you will consider taking 1 minute to vote for Mr. Naseem. You merely need provide your name, email and country of residence and then choose “Qamar Naseem” from the drop down.

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