Sana Mir to Receive ‘Asia Game Changer’ Award
Former Pakistan women’s cricket team captain Sana Mir is expected to receive the Asia Society’s prestigious 2019 Asia Game Changer award. The award shows the efforts of inspiring and innovative women who have a transformative impact in Asia and beyond. In partnership with Citi, Asia Society annually honours revolutionary leaders from a wide range of regions and backgrounds. This year  is the first time that all the winners are women.
According to a statement from the Asia Society, Sana Mir is one of six women to receive the award. Asia Society also pays tribute to Sana Mir, recognized as one of the world’s greatest cricketers and former captain of Pakistan’s national team, who has championed women’s participation in the male-dominated sport.
The Asia Society statement also stated that Sana’s efforts are truly remarkable, not least because Pakistan is still learning to break down barriers to equality in sport. In a country where various womens are still struggling for their human rights, Mir’s success has been a success. Not just wanting to rest on her laurels, Mir is a strong advocate for women’s rights and is working to change attitudes about women’s participation in cricket, a sport traditionally dominated by men – and beyond.
Passionate about social media, followed by hundreds of thousands of people, Mir uses her platform to advocate for everything from mandatory cricket programs to schoolgirls to the end of ads that shame the body.
The full list of Awards is:
Sana Mir, Pakistan women’s cricketer
Yuriko Koike, Japan’s first female defence minister and governor
Chhaya Sharma an Indian Lady who led the investigation and prosecution of several high-profile crimes cases in India
Jane Jie Sun, which is the owner of a $25 billion business with more than half of the employees being women
Faiza Saeed, Cravath’s President Partner, Swaine – Moore, the first woman to lead the prestigious law firm, which is celebrating its bicentennial this year