PESHAWAR— To celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child 2019 with a theme of “Girl Force: Unscripted and unstoppable”, girl leadership summit was organized in Peshawar by Blue Veins in collaboration with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on the Status of Women and National Action Coordination Group NACG (SAIEVAC). Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girl’s face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
The Summit brought together girls and young women and aimed to provide an opportunity for young girls’ participants to connect, get inspired and collaborate with some of the inspiring girls and young women who have been playing their role as young change makers.
The event was well attended by young girls, parliamentarians, CSOs, Govt officials, political activists, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), media representatives and others.
Member of the Provincial Assembly and Chairman on the Standing Committee on Youth, tourism, sports and culture.
Mr. Zia Ullah Bangash Advisor to Chief Minister on Primary and Secondary Education Said “we are making our best effort to empower girls through providing them quality education, in order to ensure their full development and to later facilitate their full access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities”.
Ms. Rukhshanda Naz, Provincial Ombudsperson against sexual harassment at workplace Said “On the International Day of the Girl Child, let us commit to investing in skills development, education and livelihood activities for young women and girls with a purpose to enable them to rebuild their communities, and create a better future for all of us”
Dr. Riffat Sardar Chairperson, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on the Status of Women (KPCSW) Said “The International Day of the Girl is a call to action for radical social and political change to tear down barriers of discrimination and prejudice that continue to hold girls back. KPCSW envisions a world where girls across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa steps into the roles of media, entertainment, business and politics for a day to demand equal power, freedom and representation for girls and young women.
Ms. Rehana Ismail, Member Provincial Assembly and senior Vice Chairperson Women Parliamentary Caucus Said “KP Govt needs to take willful actions in developing, implementing, and funding cross-sectoral policies, programs, and plans to empower girl child that engage all departments and stakeholders, including civil society, children, and youth”.
Ms. Ayesha Bano Joint Secretary of the Women Parliamentary Caucus Said “Girls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are resilient and have an enormous untapped potential to contribute to healthy and peaceful communities. We need to understand the individual abilities and provide social support and resources to young girls to fulfil their need to survive, thrive and transform their communities, even in the most difficult circumstances”.
Young girls of the event demanded that “Efforts to end child marriages must leverage the role of women and girls as agents of change because they are closest to the problem, they will have particular insights helpful in finding solutions.
Qamar Naseem Program Coordinator Blue Veins Said “At the root of all girls’ rights issues are the social norms, attitudes and behaviors that mean girls are seen and treated as inferior. We must change these gender norms and end these stereotypes to achieve gender equality and large-scale change for all girls, everywhere.
Molana Tayab Qureshi a renowned religious leader from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in his address said “Religion empowers women and raise their dignity. We must challenge the harmful practices in our society which are falsely carried out in the name of religion”.