Commemorating International Human Rights Day in Collaboration with Trocaire-PurAzm (Gender Equality Media Campaign)
Islamabad- 9th Dec-2016-Roots International schools Wellington Campus organized a commitment ceremony ‘PurAzm for Gender Equality’ which marked ‘International Human Rights Day’ and the end of the-16 Days of Activism Global Campaign.
The objectives of PurAzm Commitment Wall Ceremony is to -Creating new linkages with diverse and new stakeholders such as corporate sector, educational institutes etc. To synergize the experience, expertise and platforms of new partners to further expand outreach and awareness for the PurAzm Media Advocacy campaign. Engage with youth and create a cadre of young people who can become ‘Ambassadors of the PurAzm Media Campaign’ in educational institutes. These young people plant the seeds of change by committing themselves to promote the cause of gender equality and challenging gender based violence by participating in various initiatives e.g youth engagement , social media interactions etc.
This thought provoking and interactive ceremony was graced by Mr. John O’ Brien-Country Director Trocaire in Pakistan, Ms.Katherine Sargent-Programme Manager Trocaire , Ms.Najma Khan-Programme Manager-Gender Portfolio –Australian High Commission, Ms. Shaista Owais-Principal-Wellington Campus RIS.
Our dynamic Principal Madam Shaista Said ‘We are involving our students in all such activities, which have social cause; we educate our students, encourage their initiatives and appreciate their efforts to be active participants and responsible global citizens.
Student council Members worked this whole week painting a colourful “PurAzm Commitment Wall” on their compound wall. This PurAzm Commitment Wall was inaugurated with a ribbon cutting by the distinguished guests. Everyone, including all the students signed their names on to this wall making a commitment to the cause of promoting “Gender equality and challenging gender based violence.” Students also made speeches linking the importance of Gender equality to Human rights and motivated their fellow students to get involved and raise awareness on this crucial issue. Ceremony concluded with the distribution of certificates to the first Ambassadors of PurAzm media Campaign and commemorative group photograph.
CEO RIS & Rector MIUC Mr. Walid Mushataq joined the ceremony and shared his views that: ‘Students can be the most effective tool to eradicate the causes of gender inequality and help change the mindsets surrounding this issue. We provide platform and encourage students for participating in such activities, which involve them in community engagement that ultimately helps in country growth and development.’