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On her 65th birthday, Google honors Perween Rahman, a late activist, with a doodle.

Rahman was well-known in Karachi for her work on the Orangi Pilot Project, a basic housing, sanitation, and family planning initiative.

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On what would have been her 65th birthday, Google paid homage to late architect and activist Perween Rahman with a bespoke doodle. She was born in Dhaka on January 22, 1957.

The doodle represents the activist staring out her office window towards Orangi Town, the location she has devoted her life to.

Rahman and her family moved to Karachi after the 1971 war, where she earned a degree in architecture and completed post-graduate studies in housing, construction, and urban planning. She is well-known for her work in Karachi’s goths [shanty settlements] as part of the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP), an NGO that works with neglected areas to provide basic utilities like low-cost sanitation, housing, health, education, and microenterprise finance.

Rahman’s commitment to assisting the 1.5 million people of Karachi’s Orangi Town led to her appointment as the head of the OPP’s housing and sanitation programs. With her at the helm of every initiative, the NGO was able to collaborate with the government to establish 650 private schools, 700 medical clinics, and 40,000 small companies. Rahman was awarded a Sitara-e-Shujaat posthumously for her efforts and commitment.

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The doodle was posted on Instagram Stories by actor Ahsan Khan, who mentioned a 2021 film based on Rahman’s life.

Rahman was assassinated at Orangi Town on March 13, 2013. A Karachi Anti-Terrorism Court sentenced four individuals to life in jail for her murder on December 17.

Aquila Ismail, Rahman’s sister, told Google, “This gift from Google has really moved us. It gives me hope to see Perween’s contribution to Pakistan, the principles she stood for, and her legacy being honoured today. May we all try to be right in our acts and, like our dear Perween, find inspiration in life itself.”

SourceDAWN News

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