The versatile actress is as much known for her challenging roles on the big screen as for the social causes she supports. Born to the famous poet, late Kaifi Azmi and the renowned stage actress, Shaukat Azmi, and married to the famous writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, Shabana is a woman in her own right.
This bold woman doesn’t shy from taking radical women-oriented roles. However, her boldness and confidence reflect in her real life as well. Never one to mince her words, she has raised her voice against many social ills and taken up many public causes.
Let’s see 5 social causes that Shabana Azmi supports:
Fighting AIDS: Shabana fights the stigma and injustice associated with AIDS. As a member of the national AIDS commission of India, she has been very active when it comes to standing up for the rights of people suffering from AIDS.
Empowering Rural Women: Shabana runs Mijwan Welfare Society (MWS), an NGO founded by her father. This NGO runs many institutes like high school and college for girls, computer training center, sewing and tailoring center to support women in the rural India.
Denouncing Communalism: Through various stage and street plays, Shabana has stood up against communalism. In fact, post September ’11, when the Imam of Jama Masjid had asked the Muslims of India to join the Jehad in Afghanistan, Shabana cut him with a suitable reply.
Fighting poverty and human rights: Shabana Azmi took up the cause of Mumbai’s slum dwellers and helped empowering them. When the slums of Sanjay Gandhi colony were razed by the city officials, Shabana went on a hunger strike and finally succeeded in securing land for the slum dwellers. She has even received the International Peace Award for poverty and human rights work.
Supporting Child Survival: Shabana Azmi was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for India by the United Nations Population Fund. She worked relentlessly to draw the public’s attention to the number of women who still die during pregnancy or while giving birth. She even fought against the practices of female infanticide and sex selection.
Apart from these, Shabana has also advocated the cause of displaced Kashmiri Pandit migrants and the victims of the earthquake in Latur in 1993.
On her birthday, Fly With VIP wishes this ‘super’ lady, a super happy birthday!