International Mountain Day observed

Northern Pakistan is known as a paradise for mountaineers, trekkers and hikers however this paradise has been unfortunate to receive due attention of the concerned authorities. To highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development, National Institute of Folk and Heritage- Lok Virsa and WWF-Pakistan arranged an art competition at the Heritage Museum here on Saturday.…

‘Through the Gender lens’ launched

Handbook on Gender Based Violence launched Published in Pakistan Observer (11 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: As the World celebrated the Human Rights Day amidst seminars and talks, challenges to human rights in Pakistan have enlarged as the number of internally displaced persons, extra-judicial killings and gender based violence increased this year. Relating to the theme for Human…

Pakistan Girls Education Initiative (PGEI) launched

Published in Pakistan Observer (10 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Enhancement in education budget, equity and gender equality of education are desired for correcting the present imbalance in education scenario. These were the remarks of the speakers at the launching ceremony of UN “Pakistan Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI)” at Pakistan National Council of Arts…

‘Say No to Corruption’

World Anti-Corruption Day today (9 Dec.) By Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: It is a general perception that corruption in Pakistan is increasing with rapid pace and it not only destroying the society but also the economy of country. This belief has been confirmed recently by the latest Transparency International Index which has ranked Pakistan as the…

Democratic steps urged on Golden Jubilee of Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (8 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: To commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Islamabad as well so to discuss its governance structure, a conference on “Governance of the Federal Capital” was held in Islamabad on Tuesday. The speakers highlighted that Islamabad may be the seat of democracy in Pakistan but the city itself…

UAE Day celebrated at SZIA

Students of Sheikh Zayed International Academy (SZIA), Islamabad enthralled the audience with sparkling set of traditional dances and vibrant performances to mark 39th anniversary of United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Day in Pakistan. Playgroup children waving flags of UAE and signing poem. The colorful event, held on Tuesday was attended by His Excellency UAE ambassador,…

4-day International Youth Conference in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD –  Pakistan’s first International Youth Conference & Festival (IYCF) kicked off Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad on Monday which seeks to bring together 300 Pakistani and international delegates to inspire, encourage and empower the youth. The festival has been organised by Miradore Production and Khudi Pakistan in collaboration with the…

Tolerance & Inter-faith harmony can end Violence

Edited version published in Pakistan Observer on 3 Dec. 2010Sana JamalISLAMABAD: Through peace, tolerance and inter-faith harmony, we can put an end to violence and live peacefully. This consensus emerged at a seminar held at Nomad Gallery, Islamabad which was part of the 16 Days of Activism against gender violence 2010 campaign in Islamabad.Nomad in…

Disabled demand access to equal opportunities

Published in Pakistan Observer (4 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Prejudice, lack of opportunities and official apathy – the disabled people in the country have to deal with more than just their physical disabilities in their struggle to lead respectable lives. On International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 Dec.) people with disability demanded for…

World AIDS Day observed in Pakistan

‘Prevention helps in overcoming HIV’Published in Pakistan Observer on 2 Dec. 2010Sana Jamal“HIV/AIDS is not only a health issue but a developmental problem and the only way to overcome this menace of by taking individual responsibility of our own lives as well as of people around us.” This point was highlighted by Minister for Health,…

Society’s role against child abuse stressed

Published in Pakistan Observer on 1 Dec. 2010Sana Jamal Islamabad- Ninety four percent of doctors of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have termed the Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) as a serious problem in Pakistan and recommended a training programme for medical professionals. These findings were shared during a launching ceremony of Rozan’s Qualitative Research on “Child Sexual Abuse:…

Haiku – cultural bridge between Pak, Japan

A Japanese traditional poetry – ‘Haiku’ Mushaira “Basho Evening” was held at the National Art Gallery in Islamabad on Tuesday to pay a tribute to Matsuo Basho, the father of Haiku. The event started with screening of Japan Video Topic (Hiraizumi: Home City of Bosho) and was co-organized by Embassy of Japan, Pakistan Haiku Society,…

‘Awareness, education must to control AIDS’

Published in Pakistan Observer (Nov. 30, 2010)Sana JamalIslamabad – There are approximately 97,400 cases of HIV and AIDS in Pakistan. “Through awareness and education, we can fight the most dreadful diseases such as HIV & AIDS” was the message of the advocacy seminar organized by National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), Ministry of Health. The Advocacy…

Hotline for Children’s Grievances established

Published in Pakistan Observer (25 Nov. 2010)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: “No lawyer, no fees, just call and complain” was the simple and effective message to the vulnerable children of Pakistan by Children’s Complaint Office (CCO), a unique organization working to address children’s grievances. CCO, the first children’s ombudsman office in South Asia established by Wafaqi Mohtasib and…

Security personnel sacrifice their Eid for others

Originally Published in Pakistan Observer (Nov. 20, 2010)Sana JamalWhile the whole nation celebrated their Eid by sacrificing animals and enjoying Eid with their families, thousands of security forces and policemen had to spend their holidays on duties remaining alert against a possible terror threat. On Eid-ul-Azha (Festival of Sacrifice), the guardians of the nation had…

‘Women Journalists Pakistan’ formed

To provide a platform to the women journalists working in print media, electronic media and radio the female journalists have formed an association ‘Women Journalists Pakistan’ (WJP) to address their problems and provide women journalists with special incentives to retain them in journalism. In this regard a ceremony was held at the National Press Club…