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Tanya Daud: a rebellious spirit from Pakistan to the world


“Apathy disgusts me” This is principal phrase of Tanya Daud in her Facebook’s profile, and it must be truth, because in spite her age, she is a passionate woman involved in some many projects at the same time.

Tanya it is only 23 years old, but she speaks like a woman of 30, and that’s not all, because thanks that her mother is from Pakistan and her father from India, she is able to speak in Urdu (Pakistan) and Hindi (India) and in perfect English.

Graduated in Communication, she spent 18 years in United Arab Emirates and there she started her first experience in journalism. Now she is ready to back to Pakistan to join to that people who is fighting for a change in her country

“Media are showing the negative part, but Pakistan is much more than that, people there are very resilient and they are trying to live a normal life”

Tanya’s dream is to become a “women of action” in journalism, art and culture to show to the world that “the change is possible… “change is happening right now in Pakistan.

Definitely, she is in her way to get her dreams and goals. In December 2009, Pakistan will remember 2 years of the tragic assassination of her Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, only a week after of 24 Tanya’s birthday.

Hopefully, at the end of this year, we will see one of her most important projects: taking root by building bridges in South Asia



JaniceW's picture

Powerful beginning

Xthina, it's so nice to hear from you again. We have missed you. You began this interview so powerfully and through it, I have gained a much broader picture of Tanya and what motivates her. You captured her spirit and determination well, and I look forward to reading your next interview. Best wishes...

Xthina-Avila's picture

Thanks a lot !

Hi my dear Janice...

Me too I have been missing you, and in fact, I have been missing my own time to come to write to World Pulse spaces... but for now I am overbooking with Peace Correspondent, and as far my savings are finally disapeared, I am writing articles for other places as a freelance, a position that, as you well know, its not easy ... but, well we will figure out how to survive to this hard part of my onw life and the project.

I need to reorganize my time and my schedule... Im going step by step ... Today I received an e-mail from Amelia, asking me to write in "Cafe Mexico" 's group .... ahhhhhhhhhhhh :-0 I need a day with 30 hours !! also my mentor wrote me asking for our first interview, and I am in the middle of a transformation of Peace Correspondent and in our evolution to the english version ... I am crazy (in the best sense)

I feel bad with the girls and with the group ... but I am trying to manage all the things that I have in front of me ... I am sure that I will find (step by step) the space for each thing that I have to do.

Please receive my apologize for this silence ... but you can be sure that I am still here ....

Ohh by the way, do you know if in the group do we have any Iranian women?! I would love to try to get a good peaceful story from inside of the green revolution ... will be great to find someone.

Take care and thanks for your great support !! You make me smile in this hard times, thanks from my heart.

Love. Xthina " )

Cristina Avila-Zesatti - Journaliste&Productrice
Main Editor:

"Un milagro no es la suspensión de una ley natural, sino la implementación de una ley superior"

LauraB's picture

Whose media

Tanya's words...."media are showing the negative part, but Pakistan is much more than that, people are very resilient and they are trying to live a normal life." As you, Tanya, and the other VOF correspondents tell the stories of resilient people around the globe, we are opened to a broader context and a fuller more truthful story. I'm so glad to get a good sense of Tanya's vision- you have done a good job of conveying her story.

Xthina-Avila's picture

Thanks Laura....

But i think that all the credits are for Tanya and her passion ... which I only translated in a few words ... I would need so much more space to describe the emotion that this fantastic girl transmited to me in our interview

Tanya prefered not to have a picture of her in this piece, but I saw her for a minute, and believe me, in addition of all this passion in her sprit, she is so beautiful, with huge and wonderful eyes (which people use to say that is the window of our soul)

I made an effort to interesting you on her and her work... hope I did it ... you must know her deeply, and I am sure that she will show us her power in the next articles.

Kisses from Mexico, and thanks again for reading me, and for being interested on Tanya's work!!

In Peace: Xthina ;-)

Cristina Avila-Zesatti - Journaliste&Productrice
Main Editor:

"Un milagro no es la suspensión de una ley natural, sino la implementación de una ley superior"

LauraB's picture


I am witnessing the power of your connections- the VOF correspondents, each one of you is powerful and inspiring, together you are remarkable and a force to be reckoned with. Wonderful to be your witness.


Tanya's picture

Thankyou Janice and Laura for

Thankyou Janice and Laura for liking what came through in Xthina's piece. But especially Xthina, thankyou not just for writing this bio but also for the compliments! You made my day bella =)

You're right Laura. I've fallen in love with Skype and all the other ways I can use voice chat. It's been fantastic till now..the first session with Cristi and the rest, my mentor (with whom I have my first proper session scheduled today and I cant wait to unload all my "issues" haha, Xthina - who exudes such energy and warmth from the minute she says hello, as well as Nusrat ara - who I've just been getting to know via facebook and chat sessions but am so looking forward to know more.

I have a feeling these are truly going to translate into powerful connections and InshaAllah some great collaborative work in the future!

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