Momina Mustehsan has become a world-renowned singing sensation after making well-known her debut at Coke Studio season 9 with ‘Afreen Afreen’, along with Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Since then, the singer has not looked back and showered in the spotlight – both my fans and media. However, her beautiful singing voice is not all that she is loved for. In fact, Momina is most loved for using her star-powers for quite some time to spread the awareness of women’s rights across Pakistan.
In addition to being an advocate of social causes such as women’s rights, cyberbullying, and mental health awareness; Momina Mustehsan, on International Day of Peace, was awarded the title of one of the United Nations’ women peacekeepers – women who help end violence against women.
Meanwhile, she has also initiated a campaign to end the currently on-going violence against women. She has advised women to love themselves before anyone and stand up for their own rights if any such incident happens.
The UN Women Pakistan recently posted her campaign on Twitter, “Momina Mustehsan lends her voice for ending violence against women and girls. She believes in speaking up for oneself and never letting love be the excuse for justifying violence.”
Momina Mustehsan lends her voice for ending violence against women and girls. She believes in speaking up for oneself and never letting love be the excuse for justifying violence. pic.twitter.com/ls0Ykb1JyO
— UN Women Pakistan (@unwomen_pak) September 20, 2018
Moreover, according to the Momina Mustehsan, abuse is something that can or should never be justified. “Being a woman, I pledge to never let ‘love’ be an excuse for it. We as women, need to love and respect ourselves first, and stand up for ourselves,” she said.
Apart from this, the Coke studio singer has always been quite vocal about issues such as battling depression and cyberbullying. In a recent interview with BBC, Momina opened up and shared what singing, being treated as a celebrity, and cyberbullying meant to her.
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This is a picture of me from when I was going through turmoil not very long ago. It happens to the best of us. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and we all hit points in our lives sometimes when all seems to be falling out of our control. Dear Anam, I’m sorry you had to give up. I’m sorry I didn’t understand the intensity of how much you were hurting. I know you were trying your best to be positive and you were a champ. I was super proud of how far you had come in the 9 years I had known you and the person you had grown to become. I swear you had the strength to keep fighting back, staying strong, and standing tall. But you just needed to hear more of that from the people around you, a little more often. I’m so sorry.. I know how it feels when you hit a point so low that it makes you feel like giving up. We all know that feeling. Every single person is fighting their own battle from behind the face we put up for society to make it look like all is under control. Fortunately or unfortunately, with the growth of social media, random people’s uncalled-for opinions and hate speech make their way to us. Now more than ever, we need to learn to love and value ourselves, and KNOW our own selves and our own worth, so that peoples opinions of us don’t get to us and impact our perception of ourselves. For the trolls: Let people be. Give them the right to be human sometimes. Give them the liberty to make those occasional mistakes. Because without that, no one can ever learn or grow. Reflect and focus your energies on fixing and working on yourself more than scrutinizing, judging and putting others down. Let’s please all shun bullying and hate speech. When you see it happening to someone, please stand up for them and make it stop. Build each other up, don’t be a bystander watching someone being tormented. #BullyingIsNeverOkay
Momina Mustehsan is never behind when speaking up, especially about depression, in hopes to reach out to other people who feel the same. She hopes to help them battle it out through her words.
“Reach out. Speak up. Love and value yourself. Never feel trapped and caged that you find the need to want to escape. Every person is unique, every person is special. Every person matters,” she said in an Instagram post.
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Reach out. Speak up. Love and value yourself. Never feel trapped and caged that you find the need to want to escape. Every person is unique, every person is special. Every person matters. I consider myself a fairly positive person and most people have always seen me smiling and full of excitement. I’ve spoken about dealing with depression in the past and overcoming it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still have moments of weakness. A few months ago, I went through a phase of emotional turmoil. We all hit that occasional road block. Please remember to remind yourself of all the goodness and little joys you have in your life. And remember, the only opinion of you that really should matter is your own. Don’t let anyone else’s opinion define or affect you, or become your reality. Easier said than done, but I promise you it’s possible.
While she was featured in BBC’s list of 100 innovative and inspirational in 2017, Momina Mustehsan made it to Forbes ‘30 under 30’ Asia list for her fight for women’s rights, earlier this year.
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