Peshawar: The Institute of Social work, Sociology & Gender Studies, University of Peshawar has organized 16 days of activism regarding Gender Based Violence. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is an international campaign. It takes place every year from 25th November to 10th December. These days include Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day as well. The campaign helps make people aware of the consequences of violence on
women and children and to join hands for its eradication.
In this regard, a single day seminar cum posters competition on “Gender Based Violence & Peace” was organized by Youth Resource Center (YRC) a national level NGO in collaboration with Institute of Social work, Sociology & Gender Studies, University of Peshawar here on Friday.
The event was made successful by the active involvement of around 70 students and staff members of the university. The seminar was organized in the loop of 16days of activism regarding GBV which is being celebrated by University of Peshawar. The main speakers on the occasion were Director Institute of Social work, Sociology & Gender Studies Mr. Niaz Muhammad, Amir Izhar, Programme Manager YRC, Ms Nazia Hassan and Ms Ayesha (lecturers Gender Studies Deptt).
The Director in his opening remarks appreciated the efforts of both the institute as well as YRC and demanded that it is the moral obligation of civil society organizations to raise awareness among the masses in general and students in particular.
Amir Izhar in his presentation threw light on the role of YRC in eliminating GBV. He further added that YRC is currently implementing a project whose direct beneficiaries are survivors of GBV. Ms. Nazia Hassan was of the opinion that much needs to be done on our part if the menace is to be eliminated. Ms Ayesha Khurshid in her presentation gave historical background of celebrating 16days of activism.
Around 15 students participated in the posters competition whose posters were displayed in the seminar hall. The first prize was claimed by Ms Asia Ajmal. Towards the end, a questions answers session was held in which students inquired about various aspects of GBV in our society, from the speakers.