KARACHI: Pakistan’s Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), founded by Nighat Dad, was among Forbes’ top 10 entrepreneurs to be honoured during last week’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) held in New York.
As reported by Forbes, the entrepreneurs were selected based on their presentations at the UN Solutions Summit which was hosted alongside the UNGA. The summit, launched in 2015, “showcases entrepreneurial solutions helping to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)”.
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The Solutions Summit team had received over 1,000 applications from startups, NGOs and social enterprises around the world, according to Forbes. Out of those, DRF was among those who were allowed to present their solutions to the world.
DRF is a research-based not-for-profit organisation which defends online freedom of expression and advocates women’s right to privacy in the digital world. Dad, a laywer by profession, set up DRF in 2012 to help women escape honor killings, online violence and to fix negative online images of them.
She took to Twitter to share the big news:
And many came forward to congratulate her and commend her work:
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Last year, Dad was also invited to give a TED talk on how Pakistani women are taking the Internet back.
We wish Dad all the best for all her future endeavors!