Development Practice alumnus wins UQ award
The 2010 Vice Chancellor's Alumni Equity and Diversity Award is made to UNICEF Pakistan communications officer and UQ Master of Development Practice alumnus Ms Shandana Aurangzeb Durrani, for contributions in the areas of social justice and gender relations.
Denied her her right to higher education, and married at a very young age, she vowed to change things for other women and children of Pakistan.
With no financial or moral support from her family, she completed a Masters degree in Business Administration at the University of Peshawar, worked in positions throughout the social justice sector, and was awarded the AusAid, Fulbright, and Chevening scholarships, which allowed her to study at UQ.
Ms Durrani's work for UNICEF has continually shed light on the plights of her country's most vulnerable residents. She also offers support to women and young girls in Pakistan who are victims of sexual abuse and assault.