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A book about 50 real stories of amazing women who belong to Pakistan and have achieved something extraordinary.
A book about 50 real stories of amazing women who belong to Pakistan and have achieved something extraordinary.
148 backers pledged £3,656 to help bring this project to life.

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Pakistan for women: stories of women who have achieved something extraordinary.
Pakistan for women: stories of women who have achieved something extraordinary.
Some of the amazing 50 women that are part of this book.
Some of the amazing 50 women that are part of this book.

 Pakistan for women is a book about more than 50 real stories of amazing women who belong to Pakistan and have achieved something extraordinary while making a difference. It is the first book of its kind in Pakistan and such a book does not exist in the country yet. It consists of illustrations for each woman along side their stories.  It celebrates women from all walks of life and is designed to inspire girls and help them understand the importance of women empowerment and feminism through these stories.

It is seen at times that certain people discourage girls to go after what they are passionate about. In some cultures, basic right of education is denied as well. Awareness and cultural misconceptions play a big role in this. Excuses vary from honour to household responsibilities, although at times the reason told to those little girls is that they are in Pakistan and therefore they cannot achieve something because their country is poor or doesn’t have that many resources. In a way people make excuses for themselves at times and before even trying, they give up. 

 This book consists of true stories of women, from mountaineers to astrophysicists to educators, and it advocates for the idea that if these Pakistani women can achieve their dreams through hard work and dedication, so can all the girls, reading their stories. These women are Nobel prize winners, are given "Pride of Pakistan", hold gold and silver medals and have been known even across borders for their incredible work and talents.  

Samina Baig : First Pakistani Woman to climb mount Everest.
Samina Baig : First Pakistani Woman to climb mount Everest.

 Her story is so empowering and inspiring to all of us and she definitely is the pride of Pakistan. She has set an amazing example for millions of other girls around the world who dream of doing the same. 

Noor Jehan: Queen of Melody
Noor Jehan: Queen of Melody

 Known as the Queen of Melody, Noor Jehan is also part of this book. She broke great barriers by being one of the most talented Artist in Pakistani history and during a time when not many women were to be seen in show business and music. 

Asma Jahangir: Activist, feminist, United Nations human rights award winner
Asma Jahangir: Activist, feminist, United Nations human rights award winner

 Asma Jahangir Once said,"No amount of pressure will deter me from representing women in distress. It has been my life mission. Till the last breath, will stand by them." She did exactly that. Always was seen as a courageous woman fighting for women and being their voice. 

Malala Yousafzai: Activist, Youngest recipient of the Nobel peace prize.
Malala Yousafzai: Activist, Youngest recipient of the Nobel peace prize.

 Malala have been speaking up for girls since the age of 10 and today, she has inspired as well as helped millions of girls get an education while also recognising their rights. True symbol of empowerment. Malala also brought Pakistan's first ever Nobel Prize.

What is the funding for?

Through the support of my backers here on Kickstarter, I aim to cover the cost of printing and distribution of my book. I have people from all over the globe who showed interest in the book and I appreciate the support. I have gotten requests on how people on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter can place a pre-order for it. With all the passion, hard work and vision that went into making this book a reality, I am very happy with the final content, all I need is your support in order to make it a reality and oh, a hard cover copy.

REWARDS: 

Postcards: You will get to pick ANY of three postcards from all the collections I have made so far which include postcards from European gems, Artist queen (Frida Kahlo and Yayoi Kasuma and Pakistan postcards. Size of each postcard is 5x7 inches

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Frida Kahlo Art print: 

As this project is all about women empowerment, what else is a better reward than a Frida Kahlo art. As she remains an icon for feminism and one of the most brilliant artists of all time, I decided to share this portrait I made of her with all of you who support my Book project. Size is 8x10 inches

Frida Kahlo Art Print, 8x10 inches in size
Frida Kahlo Art Print, 8x10 inches in size

 A pencil portrait of you:  

As an artist, I have over a decade worth of experience with illustrating portraits. I have practiced with many mediums while working with portraits such as Acrylics, oil paints, coloured pencils, graphite pencils, ink, etc. This reward gives me a chance to show my appreciation through a pencil portrait I will draw of you on a 8x10 inches sheet. I use the best quality materials from the market on a 300 gsm Bristol paper. After the campaign reaches its goal, I will contact you and ask you for the photo you'd like me to draw of you. It will than be dispatched to you in a safe packing which I use for all of my Art prints and originals while sending them off to their new homes.

Example of a pencil portrait I made
Example of a pencil portrait I made

Coloured Pencil Portrait of you: 

This reward gives me a chance to show my appreciation through a pencil portrait I will draw of you on a 8x10 inches sheet. For coloured pencils, I use prisma coloured pencils or faber castle polychromes and anyone who works with coloured pencils knows that these are one of the best quality art supplies on the market as I take pride in my work and only want to deliver the best of results that last. After the campaign reaches its goal, I will contact you and ask you for the photo you'd like me to draw of you. It will than be dispatched to you in a safe packing which I use for all of my Art prints and originals while sending them off to their new homes.

Coloured pencil portrait in progress
Coloured pencil portrait in progress
Information on the book
Information on the book

 The book will be 6x8 inches in size with a gorgeous hardcover. The printing will be done on high quality material paper. Full of colourful illustrations and real inspiring stories, this book is exactly what many girls need for their daily dose of motivation and empowerment.

A sample will be sent to me from the printer for a thorough check on the printing before it goes forward for all the remaining copies of the book.

Book Cover (still in progress) and all the illustrations that are part of this book are hand drawn by me.

"MEET THE AUTHOR/ARTIST"

Artist and Author, Maliha Abidi
Artist and Author, Maliha Abidi

 Hello! My name is Maliha. The artist and author of "Pakistan for women: stories of women who have achieved something extraordinary." I have been creating Art for as long as I can remember and my focus has always been women empowerment. To me, art is the best way I can stand up for the causes I believe in.

A book like this gave my art the greatest purpose ever and it comes from my heart. Learning stories of these women and than being able to write it to inspire others to achieve their dreams like women in this book did, despite of cultural restrictions or thinking that they are in any way limited. 

Each portrait drawn and each word written for this book reflects my immense believe in GIRL POWER! As a feminist, women can achieve whatever they want, I truly believe that. Feminism is often seen in bad light, mainly because many people fail to understand its true meaning but each story represents a remarkable feminist. 

Some of these women come from the most under privileged corners of Pakistan. Some rises above the ranks during war. Some broke stereotypes despite any sort social pressure that surrounded them and all of them never ever stopped.

Some of the platforms I have worked with as an artist involves Adobe, UN Women and Peace Revolution. 

Top three platforms I have worked with as an artist.
Top three platforms I have worked with as an artist.

GET IN TOUCH 

Email: mala_abidi@yahoo.com

Instagram: @Maliha_z_Art

Facebook: @Maliha's Art

Please feel free to send in any questions you may have about this project, author or a reward. I will be happy to answer any queries.

Risks and challenges

Chances of risks are low because the work required for this book such as the illustration of the ladies, writing the stories, meeting with the printer and general designing of the book has all been completed. The funds I require are for printing and distribution. The other rewards such as postcards and art prints are in stock and will be dispatched after the campaign ends. In terms of the Custom portraits, as an artist, I know well how to manage time and portrait orders which is why I confident that I can deliver in time. I do not personally see any risk because this project is well planned and thought out. A lot of hard work and dedication has gone into it.

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    THANK YOU for supporting this project

    I appreciate your support in helping to bring my project come to life. These stories are of incredible women who have supported millions around them while also setting a great example for everyone who reads their tales.

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    3 Postcards

    I have illustrated many postcards and I will be sending any one postcard from my collection of Europe, Pakistan or Art postcards.
    It will be sent to you along side a Thank you note from me. I appreciate the support.

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    "Pakistan For Women" Colouring Book.

    Thank you so much. You will receive a colouring book full of more than 50 portraits of inspiring women from "Pakistan for Women" book. Use your favourite colours to fill in the portraits of the women that inspire you.

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    OMG! You get a Frida Kahlo Art Print

    As my art and this project is all about feminism, what is better than an Art print of none other than Frida Kahlo. One of my favourite artists of all time. Illustrating her was empowering and I would love to share that with you.

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    Hard cover copy of Pakistan for women

    Super Early bird DISCOUNT saves you £10.

    YOU 'RE AMAZING!

    One hard cover copy of "Pakistan for Women" will be sent to you along side a thank you note from the artist and the author.

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    Book and book marks.

    Super Early bird DISCOUNT saves you £10.

    THANK YOU!!!!!

    You will get a hard cover copy of "Pakistan for Women" and 2 book marks from the book collection.

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    Book and the colouring book

    THANK YOU!
    You will get a Hard cover copy of the "Pakistan for Women" book, on a early bird discount of £10 and your very own colouring book full of more than 50 portraits of inspiring women that you can fill with your favourite colours.

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    Pencil Custom Portrait of you

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    I would love to draw a pencil portrait or a portrait of any one you'd like. My work and style of drawing can be seen on the illustrations I have posted for my book. Once completed, I will ship the finished portrait off to your home with a thank you note from me.
    As an artist, I would love to show my appreciation for your support through my work.

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    Colored Custom Portrait of you

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    I would love to draw a colored portrait or a portrait of any one you'd like. My work and style of drawing can be seen on the illustrations I have posted for my book. Once completed, I will ship the finished portrait off to your home with a thank you note from me.
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    THE WHOLE PACKAGE

    YOU'RE THE BOSS
    You will get a hard copy of "Pakistan for women", a custom pencil portrait , a colouring book and 2 book marks.
    It will be shipped to you no matter what country you live in.

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    Pakistan for Women's Ultimate Hero

    YOU'RE A STAR!

    Your name will be added to the book as an early supporter of this project. I want to show my appreciation and so in a list of "Ultimate Heroes who supported this project" your name shall shine bright.

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