This week Pakistanis have yet another reason to beam with pride. The GR8 Women Awards has for the first time nominated a Pakistani woman to receive one of their prestigious trophies. TV host and journalist Sidra Iqbal is one of 16 women from across the Middle East region to be recognised and celebrated this year.
The GR8 Women Awards have been organised for the past three years by the Indian Television Academy and serve to not only recognise women for their achievements but also to increase awareness for founder Anu Ranjan’s charity, BETI.
BETI is a foundation, which helps women in trouble and provides them with funds to overcome difficulties.
Iqbal will be honoured and recognised on Saturday at the 4th Annual GR8 Women Awards in Dubai. She is well known for her million-dollar smile, which combined with her impeccable clarity of speech and thought, make her the personality that she is. She was the first Pakistani to host the digital content of the star studded Bollywood extravaganza, IIFA twice in a row in Singapore and Macau, interviewing the A-list super stars of Indian cinema. Iqbal is one journalist who has been able to hold her own, whether it has been a hard-core debate on counter terrorism and national security with policy makers, or light hearted chats with accomplished celebrities.
For these achievements and so many more, Iqbal is receiving the coveted GR8 Women Award in Journalism at Sofitel The Palm in Dubai. On this glamorous and momentous occasion, Iqbal will be adorned in an outfit by fashion designer Sania Maskatiya.
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