I congratulate all the
people of the Philippines upon the birth anniversary of the late President
Ramon Magsaysay, the great hero and patriot of Asia. I believe that if all
of us followed in the footsteps of the honorable late president, this world
would become a cradle of equality and life would be worth living for all
It is a great honor for me to receive this prestigious and honored award. I
consider my efforts to be too small and unworthy of this award; still, it is
very encouraging to see my work recognized by the Foundation. It is an
indication that Afghanistan and its unfortunate, war-stricken masses are not
yet forgotten by the international community and still have some friends who
bear sympathy for them and their cause.
It is the obsession of my life to serve the underprivileged of humanity,
especially women, and to extend to them the recognition and the rights they
I accept this award on behalf of Afghan women who have been the most
oppressed and forgotten people of the Afghan community. I have only done
what I consider to be essential for the unfortunate people of Afghanistan.
My attempts are too small to heal all wounds inflicted on millions of my
fellow countrymen and women; I shall always need the support of others,
especially the sisterhood of women, for the continuation of my work.
I thank all those who have promoted my nomination for this award, all those
who have been supportive in my work, the kind donors who have made my work
possible, and all the people of the Philippines for their warm hospitality.