Pakistan-origin Asma Ashraf receives prestigious French award

Asma Ashraf

Pakistani-origin Asma Ashraf received France’s high-status National Order of Merit for her utmost facilities in parts of education and social well-being for the French society.

The French rule has bestowed Asma Ashraf the National Order of Merit which is the second nationwide command after the Legion of Honor. This honor is given to individuals who have notable virtues in the field of public, civil, or military function or of private activity for at least 10 years.

While speaking to the media Ashraf said she is privileged to have got this medal which is an acknowledgment of the hard work she has been retaining over the years.

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Asma Ashraf said: “I see this honorable recognition as a testament of the values I stand for and I hope to encourage others to carry forward this legacy. I have a lot of projects in mind and I am looking forward to being able to deliver them.”

She stated the French government has appreciated her in her ability as Director & Founder of Femme Relais Médiatrice İnterculturelle de Champigny (FRMİC) which delivers guidance and resolutions to intercultural women.

She said: “The organization responds to the needs of people in situations of exclusion and in difficulty in the neighborhood, breaks the isolation by developing social ties, establishes solidarity, improves good neighborly relations, and restores people’s confidence. We aim to increase civic involvement and create social ties.”

Moreover, Asma Ashraf is the first woman with a Pakistani basis in France to get this medal. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and in 1977 at the age of 3, she migrated with her parents to Paris, France.

She got a degree in Business Management and involved herself in shaping social and cultural activities. Her sister Saima Ashraf is a Labour Party councilor for the Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Asma Ashraf told the media that from a very young age, she was passionate to characterize people even in school where she was on the student board and symbolized her school on numerous platforms.

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