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Sister Zeph

  • Pakistan
  • Female
  • Pakistan
  • South Asia
  • KAICIID Fellows

Biography Narrative

Founder, Zephaniah Women’s Education and Empowerment Foundation

Sister Zeph devoted her life to women’s and children’s rights in Pakistan when she was just 13 years old. She uplifts women and children by giving them free education, skills training, awareness of their rights and creates peace by motivating youth and women to have dialogue with each other. She is a motivational speaker, blogger and a well-known human rights activist in Pakistan. She has experience of peacebuilding among Christians and Muslims for over 20 years and has saved hundreds of young women from child marriage, honour killing and illiteracy and has empowered even more. CNA Asia made a documentary on her life (Flight of the Falcons) that won a gold medal at the New York Film Festival in 2016. She has been awarded the Lynn Syms Global prize, the Bioneers Changemaker Award and the Outstanding Performance Award from the Eternal Life Ministry of Pakistan International.

Interreligious Activities and Initiatives

Preparing Youth for the Change
The majority of our participants belong to rural areas and although they are getting an education their families are illiterate, they never participated in such activities, infect the majority of these are the people who do not know even what is the term inter-religious dialogue. We not only introduced them to inter-religious dialogue for the first time but also gave them this unique opportunity to listen to the religious leaders from Hindu, Muslim, and Christian communities and to ask them questions. On the 10th of October, we organized a workshop at Lords Hotel Gujranwala where professor Kiran Javed, Maulana Suleman Shakir, and Basudha Modask represented their religion and how they are preaching the Peace. They also emphasized on Importance of religious tolerance in Pakistan. On the 13th of October, we brought all the participants and management team to have a visit to Badshahi Mosque, Shiri Krishna Mandir, and St. Anthony’s Church Lahore. Our students saw these places, in the church Muslim participants read the Bible, Father Ilyas at the Church have them visit the Church by himself and told them about the History of the Church, the Hindu Pandit was also very cooperative and Kind, The Badshahi Mosque was constructed by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb between 1671 and 1673. participants already knew about this a lot but it was great to have visit it again because this time the purpose was different On the 16th of October, we had another Seminar at Lords Hotel where the participants shared their experience about the site visits. On that day we also invited some teachers, lawyers, more religious leaders, and human rights, activists and to recognized their work for interfaith harmony we gave them awards, certificates were also given to the participants, and evaluation of the program was taken by them.

Area of Actions:

Interreligious Dialogue

Forms of Actions:

Educational Programmes