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The empowerment of women may not yet be where it should be in Pakistan, however, it has begun to bear fruit. From business to sports, women have remained on an equal footing with men. There is still a long way to go, but the positive results can be seen in all sectors.

One of those women, who has been challenging stereotypes in the country, is Kulsoom Abdullah, who is a professional weightlifter.

She is a Pakistani-American and the only woman who represents Pakistan in multiple weightlifting championships worldwide. And she pursues her dream of lifting weights while maintaining a balance between sport and family life.

Engineer by profession, Kulsoom is Ph.D. Scholar and she is the first Muslim woman in the world to compete in an international weightlifting event while wearing Hijab.

She did her Ph.D. in Electrical / Computational Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology after his degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Central Florida.

In fact, it is an inspiration for young girls who want to achieve their dreams despite limited family support.

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