Namira Salim represents Pakistan at OIC’s roundtable on women
PARIS: The Paris Chapter of Organisation of Islamic Countries held a roundtable on the role of Muslim women in the development of societies on September 8th at Paris, France. Pakistan was represented by Namira Salim, an artist and adventurer - known to most as the first Pakistani astronaut.
She holds a masters degree in ‘International Affairs’ from Columbia University but her passion for art blossomed into innovations in multi-dimensional mixed media, which have come to now represent global causes. Namira’s art has regularly voiced peace and goodwill messages before world leaders as official supporting events to the United Nations General Assembly in May 2002 and during UNESCO’s Executive Board in October 2000.
Namira is the first Pakistani to potentially go to space with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the first space-line of the world. She is also the first Pakistani and first woman from Monaco to complete expeditions to the North Pole in 2007 and to the South Pole in 2008, as well as the first Asian also to skydive over Mount Everest (third pole) in 2008. At all three poles, she hoisted her native flag, along with her universal peace flag, ‘Peace Making with Nation Souls’ which was first unveiled during the United Nations General Assembly special session for children in May 2002.
Her tireless efforts lead to the historic accreditation between Pakistan and Monaco in 2009. Subsequently, on August 1 this year, Prince Albert II, the Prince of Monaco, accepted Namira Salim’s nomination as the first Honourary Consul of Pakistan to the Principality of Monaco.
Namira, recently launched a documentary film in Dubai titled “Beyond the Poles” under the patronage of Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline and Group HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The film captures the beauty and emotion of her challenging expeditions to the North and South poles, her trek through the Himalayas and her daring Everest skydive. It also highlights her potential space flight and the milestone events which have gone into the development of the private space industry.
Namira’s adventures serve as a paragon, particularly for women of all cultures and for today’s youth to reach for the stars. In recognition of her services to Pakistan and inspiration to women and youth she was conferred with Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, Medal of Excellence by the President Asif Ali Zardari,
Her documentary “Beyond the Poles” was premiered in France at UNESCO. This film has just been submitted to the Dubai Film Festival. Alongside the film, she also held a photographic exhibition from her polar expeditions and decorative art from her exclusive line ‘A SOUL AFFAIR from Monaco’. pr