Moscow Marathon

I love running long distances. I started running to overcome frustration and anger associated with social pressures of being a woman and expectations of society. I was always an outlier, I knew I hated conformity-anything and everything that constricts, depletes or erodes one’s personal power is harmful for the soul.

I fought my battles on my own, and I found relief in running. It was my outlet and my way of breaking stereotypes.

Now, I run to create awareness about issues such as women empowerment and gender development in developing countries.

Dr. Ambreen Zaman Riaz

Nomination: Prestigious Nelson Mandela Award

Pleased to announce that Dr. Ambreen Zaman-Riaz has been nominated for the Prestigious Nelson Mandela Social Service Award12705163_10153246495051207_2314946907314545718_n


“Dear Dr Riaz

Your nomination in the Individual Activist category is posted, but the entry for Civil Society is the same so I have only posted in one category. Thanks for responding to the campaign and submitting a nomination. The nomination is posted in our nominations gallery.

Winning Top Honors.

Award Winning Social Business Enterprise ‘I Change Her Life’ started from a small start-up in Islampur, a small village tucked away in Mardan. The resources were limited and odds were against us. Most people thought we would not survive the first six months. When we approached certain agencies for networking and help, they turned against us.We persevered because we believed in our mission! Today, we are standing at the top of the pyramid and we want to share our success story with others so that our journey can inspire those who are struggling. We want to change the mindsets of people who base their opinions on prejudice, bigotry, myopic conditioning and closed ideas!


I CHANGE HER LIFE is proud to announce a spectacular victory at STEVIE BUSINESS AWARDS Video of Stevie Awards held at Marriot Hotel in New York. The Social Business Enterprise was among the top finalists from 23 different countries. The Gold Stevie Award represents the hard work and dedication of all team members and exceptional leadership skills of Dr. Ambreen Zaman Riaz.


Stevie Awards posts a special write up on I Change Her Life and Dr. Ambreen Zaman Riaz

Dr. Zaman receives ATRAAF HEROES AWARD

Dr. Ambreen Zaman Riaz received Atraaf Heroes Award in a star-studded ceremony held in Islamabad. Chairman Congress Mr. Raza Rabbani gave away the prestigious award. Also present at the occasion were top bureaucrats, dignitaries, heads of civil organizations and members of Parliament.

This is a landmark achievement for Dr. Zaman who has been working for women empowerment since 2009.