by: Zulfiqar Ali Khan
Hunza, September 03: Naeema Gul and Rubina Shaheen, belonging to Hunza, have represented the Northern Areas of Pakistan, in the second round of media and advocacy training on education and gender equality, organised by UNICEF, from August 24-29, 2008, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The event was participated by advocates from seven countries in South Asia. The event was organised by UNICEF under the UN Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) in order to train cadres of young volunteers to help promote girls’ education and gender equality back in their home countries.
The event was part of the Young Champions program, a concept adopted by UNGEI as a way of working with young people at the global, regional and country levels to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals around education and gender equality.
The main focus of the event was to develop the media and communication skills of the Young Champions, as well as sharing and learning from presentations on activities that are taking place in countries throughout the region. As a group their work included creating programs for community radio stations, writing newspaper articles, producing television documentaries, organizing school enrolment drives and leading campaigns to bringing dropouts back to school.
Naeema Gul is the daughter of renowned social worker, Late Gul Muhammad, belonging to Gulmit. She is doing her B.S (Hons.) in International Relations from Karakoram International University. Rubina Shaheen is a teacher in Hasegawa Memorial Public School, Karimabad Hunza.