International Girl Child Day celebrations with girls wearing pink turbans held. Pink Turban Campaign held to promote rights & dignity of girls and women.
A sea of Pink a colour of compassion, nurturing and love was all over with young and promising girl students of Government Girls Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 18C, Chandigarh joining morning assembly of School wearing Pink Turbans.
To celebrate ‘International Girl Child Day’, this initiative was organized by Yuvsatta-an NGO promoting girls & women’s human rights and ‘Arunima Peace Club’ of Govt. Girls Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 18C, Chandigarh. Mr. Pramod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta and Ms. Reeta Kohli, Advocate, Punjab & Haryana High Court were the prominent speakers.
Raj Bala, Principal of the School in her welcome address shared that they have named the Peace Club of their School after a present day role model for girls Padam Shri Arunima Sinha, the first Female amputee to climb Mount Everest. She was a national level volleyball player who was pushed from a running train by some robbers in 2011 while she was resisting them. As a result, one of her legs had to be amputated below the knee. But this didn’t deter her courage of conviction as her aim was to climb all the continents’ highest peaks and hoist the national flag of India. She has already done six peaks: Everest in Asia, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbus in Europe, Kosciuszko in Australia, Aconcagua in Argentina and Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) in Indonesia.
Lending her support to the ‘Pink Turban Campaign’, Reeta Kohli shared that we the women of the world have waited for centuries to get our due rights and status in the society. Now is the time to ‘DEMAND CHANGE’, girls and women taking stand for other girls and women in distress, making all cities and places in India women and girls friendly with equal opportunities for women to reach and realize their full potential?
Addressing the young students Pramod Sharma, Coordinator of Yuvsatta added that they have chosen Turbans (Pagri) for the participating girls as it’s a symbol of honour and respect in all the regions where it is a practice to wear one, especially in north India with worst kind of sex ratio and cases of female foeticide. And it’s time for girls and women to feel empowered from inside and take a stand to claim their due rights. So these Turbans are to arouse that spirit of being ‘Proud to be a Girl & Women’ and ‘Stand Up with & for Each other’.