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Donors’ visit to Chitral to attract funds

CHITRAL: Foreign Donors visited the most remote, non accessible and backward area of Breshgram Karimabad valley here on Thursday that would attract international assistance for the uplift projects in the area. The visitors were briefed about the lack of civic facilities in a workshop at Aga Khan Community Based Higher Secondary School (AKCBHSS) Breshgram by male and female participants in their presentation.

Easy & Equitable Access to Justice Program for Women of Chitral (EEAJP) funded by TROCAIRE in collaboration with Legal Aid Forum for Human Rights (LAFH) arranged a one day workshop on human rights at AKCBHSS Breshgram. Mr. Paul Braitnwaite, Pakistan Program Office of TROCAIRE (Ireland) Miss Gulcheen Regional Gender Officer, Miss Sarah M.Cann Gender Officer Ireland Based, Miss Deirdre Ni Cheallaigh Gender Officer Ireland based, Niaz Ali Shah Project Coordinator, Niaz A Niazi President of LAFH Syed Akram Shah Vice Chairperson Board of Director, Shokoor Muhammad president Board of Governors and other spoke on the occasion. The program was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Miss Hasna read Hamd Sharif, Niaz A Niazi welcome to distinguished guests and briefed about LAFH.

Niaz Ali Shah project Coordinator given the task to different male and female participants for group working and presentation on Child rights and women rights. Rashida Bebi a School Teacher of AKES rhetorically delivered her presentation on women rights. She also highlighted women rights and its different aspects.

Mrs. Zaiba Principal of a private school also gave her presentation on child rights and emphasized on participants especially mother to equally treat their children without any discrimination in male and female. She said women folk are confronting with so many problems in this male dominant society. She said female are considering a symbol of weakness even some mother abortion during pregnancy if they knew if the baby is a female. She said girls of this area are often deprived from education due to no facilities by government.

Addressing the seminar, Mr. Paul said that we were working for human rights all humanity having equal rights. This is just start and implementation of human rights in contents of local society will take long time. Hence we support such organization who protecting rights of other. Miss Sara said that knowledge about something is must and awareness minimizes our problems. Irish lady said that we can nothing without awareness.

She expressed her great pleasure over opening of two Free Legal Aid Centers at Booni and Chitral by this project to support oppressed women of the area. She said protecting human rights no need of buildings but volunteer people. She also hailed services of LAFH and said that hopefully it will carry equality in men and women rights but it is a long journey and will take long time she added. Miss Gulcheen also expressed her views on the occasion. She stressed upon the women folk to must get higher education which is the only stair for our development. She said our destination was sky-high and should continue struggle for standardizing our life. And we also should fight for those helpless women who can not raise voice for their rights.

Miss Deirdre Ni Cheallaigh said while addressing the seminar that we must to respect rights of each other. She said that the only to maintain peace in the world is respecting of human rights and in case of violation of human rights the world peace will be disturbed badly.

Shakoor Muhammad former UC Nazim said that 50% girls are drop outing after passing their middle or matriculation due to lack of educational institutions in this backward area. And existing schools are in very dilapidated conditions which need attention of the authority. He demanded for uplifting of the area provision of computers in schools of the area. A large number of male, female of the area participated in the seminar.

Meanwhile trained but Jobless PST male and female announced for continue hunger strike until their death demanding fulfilling their demands. These male and female youth are setting for the last 2 months in a token hunger strike from 6 to 12 hours a day hence they call for continue Hunger strike on Wednesday until their death. Provincial Minister for Population welfare Saleem Khan Chitrali also visited the hunger strike camp and assured them of his full support. It is worth mentioning here that some 150 male and female youths have completed their Primary School Teaching (PST) course and they were demanding recruitments in education department on session/batch wise policy. They demanded adjusting the senior persons before exceeding the maximum limit of their age.-SANA

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