Masarrat Misbah, a name that needs no introduction. She is a person with numerous abilities and She is a recognized business person, cosmetologist, and altruist. As a beautician, she is Pakistan’s first excellence master, who started the pattern of expert magnificence salons in Pakistan. Her alluring and promising identity reflects clearly her affection for excellence. She truly deserves admiration for her empathy for those who have accidentally lost it. A lady who is constantly thoughtful of the plight of the women who had lost their charm in acid attacks and burning incidents. She is a hope for the burning world!
This amazing and graceful lady, Musarrat Misbah was born on November 25, 1959, in Karachi. Her father Mr. Misbah Uddin Khan is a business tycoon and her mother Ms. Anisa is a social worker, philanthropist and a prominent personality of Karachi. Masarat Misbah spent early years of her life in Karachi. Being the eldest daughter amongst six sisters and two brothers, she was raised and treated as a totally independent individual since her childhood.
Initially, Musarat Misbah committed herself fully to help women look beautiful and quickly ascended the ladder of success as a beautician. But something deep inside always reminded her that this was not the ultimate goal she wanted to achieve. Even though she belongs to an affluent family and has always enjoyed a luxurious life, have been always wanted to do something extraordinary.
With a strong desire to make a meaningful contribution to the society and a will to bring about a positive change in the lives of those who had suffered due to atrocities of deliberate burning, she decided to establish an NGO with the name of DEPILEX SMILEAGAIN FOUNDATION in 2005 that is a non-governmental, non-profitable and a charity organization, expanding operations to remote districts near places like Abbottabad in the north, and Hyderabad in the south. As of now, the Depilex headquarters are based in Lahore, monitoring 35 sub-branches, spread throughout Pakistan, in addition to a total of 562 patients. Though she is an extremely successful in the realms of business and cosmetology, her noble cause to help and rehabilitate acid and burn crimes’ victims, especially women has transformed her into a philanthropist who is envied by almost everyone around. Not only this but as the President of Depilex Smileagain Foundation, she is the very first lady from Pakistan who has been granted by the Italian Government on Women’s Day for her strength and responsibility that she has been carrying since 2005. Inside Pakistan, for her untiring endeavors as a beautician, business person, social specialist and altruist she has gotten a few lifted up honors. Moreover, In April 2010, she was additionally respected with the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance. Masarrat Misbah had also additionally been welcomed as an esteemed visitor to convey different addresses on excellence, charity and social work at numerous colleges across the country. Her foundation works with acid attack survivors. It provides them with medical and psychological care and helps them again to reintegrate into society.
A few days back I was invited to one of Masarrat Misbah’s HUM interactive session 2017 in collaboration with olomopolo media for acid burn women victim at Northwest Hospital Peshawar and I was left with no words after being aware of the fact that every year in modern day, hundreds of innocent women/young girls are intentionally burned by their husbands, brothers and other family members for reasons that might be considered as basic human rights. It makes the heart cry that many even refuse to seek help, partly due to the existing societal fears and stereotypes, thereby often spending years with inflamed and deteriorating bodies. With all that goes wrong in certain areas of the Pakistan every day, these helpless women fortunately still find a shimmer of hope such as that offered by the Depilex Smileagain Foundation by Masarrat Misbah. I’m so grateful to be at one of her workshops and was amazed to see how this honorable lady, Mussarat Misbah accepts the fact that there is a great deal progressively that should be accomplished for the casualties. As a part of the association’s target, the greater part of their past patients is currently independent and gainful individuals, all because of the endeavors of the good establishment of the smile again foundation. Not only this but depilex also provides and helps all the victims in setting up small-scale beauty salons, accessory shops and even employing them at Depilex itself, with the overarching goal of transforming them into contributing members of society. Most have chosen to be trained as beauticians as they feel safer in the female-only world. For now, as I remembered from the workshop, 14 of the acid burned girls are happily married and with normal boys and that is something really great.
In the workshop, all the beautiful victim girls presented a skit that was just wonderful. It made me happy and stunned me that how all these girls learned to smile all over again. Hats of to Miss Masarrat Misbah who actually taught them to smile again gave them enough courage to face the cruel world and live like us normal human beings. She taught them confidence. Moreover, She has helped around 600 women in the last decade. She taught all of the victim women how to face the world. She made them believe that they have the ability to cope with anything and anyone in the world.
To me, all the girls and women who go through so much trauma and still get us to challenge the world are our real heroes. You must salute them. And above all, a massive respect for this honorable lady, Masarrat Misbah for doing something really great for the women of our society!
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