Pakistan mourns the demise of Rubina Saigol, feminist, scholar and educationalist, and one of the pioneering members of the Women’s Action Forum (WAF).
Dr. Rubina Saigol passed away on Friday in Lahore.
As being reported, the noted educationist and activist contracted coronavirus and was under treatment for the last 10 days.
She was also a senior member of WAF and on the advisory board of Simrogh, a nonprofit organization centred around women’s rights.
The Lahore chapter of the WAF announced the news of her death in a tweet.
With profound grief and sorrow, WAF Lahore regrets to inform that our beloved Rubina Saigol @RubinaSaigol has passed away. She has left a huge mark on us all and touched many lives. Will honor her memory and carry on the struggle. May you rest in peace & power Rubi! pic.twitter.com/MZXYeVpVL4
— Women's Action Forum – Lahore (@WAFLahore) August 27, 2021
Her niece, Nida Usman Chaudhry, in a tweet said, “With profound grief and sorrow, I regret to inform that our beloved Ruby khala has passed away. Please pray for her.”
With profound grief and sorrow I regret to inform that our beloved ruby khala @RubinaSaigol has passed away. Please pray for her. She has left a huge mark on us all and touched many lives. Will honour her memory and carry on the struggle. Inna lillah he wa inna elayhe rajayoon.
— Nida Usman Ch (@NidaUsmanCh) August 27, 2021
Following the news, the Twitter timeline was soon filled with condolences and tributes for Dr Rubina Saigol.
Deeply saddened to learn of the sad demise of @RubinaSaigol Sahiba. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. May Almighty Allah grant the dear departed soul eternal peace and choicest place in His heavenly abode. Ameen.
— Senator T Mashhadi (@SenatorMashhadi) August 27, 2021
This is such a loss for us and very difficult to process. My heart is full as I remember the first time I met her and was taken by her contagious smile and unbreakable spirit. Amongst all the things she taught us. I will miss those the most. Rest in power, Dr Rubina Saigol. https://t.co/CaT4TRCO4y
— Leena (@Leena_Ghani) August 27, 2021
A giant of the women's movement in Pakistan has departed today. Dr Rubina Saigol helped a generation of scholars & activists understand the relationship between state, gender & nationalism, themes so central to today's feminist & progressive movements. Rest in power, Rubina ji. pic.twitter.com/AezlZ7On2P
— Ammar Rashid (@AmmarRashidT) August 27, 2021
We have lost Rubina Saigol at a time where her uncompromising politics and incisive feminist analysis of conflict and militarization was greatly needed. Rest in power,@RubinaSaigol Salute to a life well lived. You will be remembered with ❤ and be missed for a long long time. pic.twitter.com/tNsBxKFyw5
— Maria Rashid ماریہ (@mariarshd) August 27, 2021