It is the ninth death anniversary of Arfa Karim. The youngest Microsoft MCP in 2004 at the age of nine and kept the title for next four years until 2008. She made Pakistan proud of her and proved to the world that Pakistani girls are also capable of achieving great things and making their country proud.
All the awards that Arifa Karim has achieved
Arfa was awarded with many National and International and certificates and awards including the Fatima Jinnah gold medal, the prestigious Pride of Performance Award and the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award,. In July 2005, she also visited the United States on the invitation of the Microsoft Corporation.
The co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates, met our young Arfa personally and presented the certified Microsoft Application Certificate to her for her achievements and performances in the sector of information and technology, the government of Pakistan also launched an Arfa Software Technology Park to acknowledge her achievements.
Arfa became the ideal for Pakistani girls and was a source of hope for all the girls of Pakistan, and proved that everyone who has potential can come forward to move mountains. She became a light in the dark for all the girls who needed a source of guidance.
Youngest Microsoft MCP in the world
They now knew that they were not in this world to get married and bear children, they were to do great things and pursue their dreams, that they could be the youngest Microsoft MCP in the world. She sent a loud and clear message to the international community that Pakistani girls are talented and only require an opportunity to flourish to show their talents.
On December 20, 2011, Arfa had an epileptic seizure and cardiac arrest that damaged her brain leading to her sad and unfortunate demise on the 14th of January, 2012 at the young age of 16. Arfa the youngest of the Microsoft (MCP) in the world left us on this very day, seven years ago. However, she left many questions unanswered.
Arfa Karim proved that Pakistani girls are equally talented and have the potential just like many boys do, but we have done very little to reduce gender discrimination in our society? Have we provided equal platforms for our girls to showcase their talents? Today, the entire Pakistani nation is mourning the sad death of Zainab and crying for justice for her, did Arfa want such a country, where girls are victims of sexual abuse and rape at such young ages?
There exist two types of people in this world, the “Doers” and the “Thinkers”. Arfa Karim was clearly a doer, her actions and achievements are a proof that every girl in Pakistan just needs an opportunity to move mountains. If we were provided with proper health care facilities in Pakistan, we could have been able to save Arfa from that fate which she met. But the real question arises is that, what have we done to save all the other Arfas in our beloved country?
It has been sad 9 long years that we lost a genius young girl
When Arfa Karim passed away 9 years ago, the entire country was sad due to the loss; even today, we are mourning the loss of another young girl named Zainab, but we have we done very little till now to change anything and make life better for our young girls? We also very well know that our religion provides the exact same status to our girls as it does to our boys, but are we rarely practice it? The 14th of January will always keep coming and going every year, but if we really want to remember Arfa in our hearts, we need to change our society and the way we live in it, we need to improve our thinking manners, and we need to provide equal platform and opportunities to our girls.
Salutes to Arifa Karim’s father, the great Mr. Amjad Abdul Karim Randhawa
Today, we salute Arfa’s great father Mr. Amjad Abdul Karim Randhawa, as he brought up his daughter keeping gender discrimination aside and provided her with all the platforms where she was able to prove herself. Her father gave Arfa the freedom to think, and he supported her. He brought her up with the confidence that she could do anything that she ever wanted to, and she did exactly that. He showed his daughter that boys and girls are equal in status and Arfa Karim proved it.
Let’s close our eyes for a minute and imagine that if our sisters, daughters, and wives were provided with chances to do what they always wanted, then how far they could have gone and how beautifully they could have served Pakistan.