At a star studded ceremony fit for royalty , Pakistan’s premier women rights activist Mukhtar Mai received Glamour’s women of the year award at New York’s Lincoln Center Wednesday night. “This award is a victory for poor women; it’s a victory for all women,” Mai announced at the ceremony after Hollywood star Brook Shields presented her an award of $20,000. She told some 2, 000 people present in the auditorium, her motto is: “End oppression with education.” The eleven other recipients of Glamour Award included Catherine Zeta-Jones, Goldie Hawn, Venus Williams, Christina Amanpour, Melisa Etheridge and the former President of Ireland Mary Robinson who received life-time achievement award.
But she stole the limelight, independent observers present at the ceremony told DesPardes.com. Ms Mai received two standing ovations from the Hollywood’s who’s who and New York’s glitterati when she said since the day she had raised her voice against male oppression, not a single woman had been raped in her area, nor had any village council passed the kind of orders that had been passed against her.
She told the audience that women who feared abuse at the hands of men had learnt to warn them off by saying that if they did not desist, “we will go and report this to Mukhtaran Mai”.