Scholarship winner is an active activist
Monday, May 9, 2011
Working towards global human equality is a noble cause. Nabila Feroz Bhatti has devoted her life to human rights, peace education and empowerment of women in her homeland of Pakistan and has brought this vision to St. Cloud State University where she is working toward a master's degree in social responsibility.
Bhatti won the 2010 Jacobson Scholar designation reserved for the top scholarship recipient from the Vincent L. Hawkinson Peace Scholarship.
"I believe that every person is a global citizen," Bhatti said. "Constructive or destructive activities in any part of the world affect the whole of humanity and human nature."
Bhatti has worked with civil society organizations as a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the Pattan Development Organization, the Taangh Wasaib Organization and the Catholic Bishops' National Commission for Justice and Peace in Pakistan. At St. Cloud State she helped organize the 2009 and 2010 Global Social Responsibilities Conferences and film festivals and has presented workshops to area groups on Pakistan and Afghanistan and peace issues.
Bhatti is in the United States with her sons, who are studying at St. John's Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minn., while her husband, also a human rights activist, remains in Pakistan.
Bahatti plans to make take her experiences in America and St. Cloud State back to her homeland. The St. Cloud State program addresses a citizen's responsibility to others, to society and to the environment," Bhatti said. "After completing my graduate program, I will go back to Pakistan and will start the work again."