by Asghar Khan
Gilgit, November 24: The globally celebrate White Ribbon Day was celebrated at Gilgit Press Club through collaborative effots of Publishing Extension Network (PEN), Himalayan Grassroots Women’s natural Resource Management Association (HIMAQANTI and the Agah Walidain (Informed Parents) program initiated by Rupani Foundation. The White Ribbon Campaign is celebrated globally to highlight the need to eliminate physical, psychological and economic violence against women of the world.
Chief Guest of the event was Momin Jan, Assistant Commissioner of Gilgit sub-division. He asked all stakeholders to play their due role in eradication of violence against women, through spreading awareness.
Addressing the gathering Mrs. Safida Ayub stressed on creation of a society that is gender – just and sensitive towards the suffering of women folk.
The White Ribbon Day is being celebrated in over fifty districts of Pakistan simultaneously through a nationwide consortium called “Friends of White Ribbon”.
Banners with messages on ending violence against women were displayed at the press club. The gathering was followed by a candle light vigil, held outside the press club and attended by a significant number of men as well, to express their pledge for ending violence against women. Representatives of NGOs, Media, Bar Councils, Police, Local Administration, Students and Teachers, Trade Unions and Market committees, and Boys Scouts participated in this event.