Chandigarh-January 24: Today, on National Girl Child Day, Yuvsatta along with Peace Clubs of local Schools and Colleges organized girls rights celebrations with a unique ‘Pink Turban Campaign’ promoting the cause of rights & dignity of girls and women at all levels in our society. 

 Over 5000 students participated in the initiative, in which girls came wearing Pink Turbans and boys pink stoles to show solidarity with the cause, shared Pramod Sharma, Coordinator of Yuvsatta-NGO which was behind the campaign. He also added that Turban- Pagri is 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 pink colour represents compassion, nurturing and love. It relates to unconditional love and understanding, and the giving and receiving of nurturing. So the idea is to give a strong message of ‘‘RISING GIRLS & EMPOWERED NATION’.

 “She makes the world bright, but still struggles to see light”, was the theme at first morning assembly of students at St. Stephen’s School, where ex IAS & motivational speaker Vivek Atray addressed the students, sharing that it’s time for girls and women to raise their voices for their fundamental rights of education, healthcare, equality & human rights bestowed upon them by constitution of India. And until & unless they feel empowered from inside and take a stand to claim their due rights, one can’t expect any drastic change in their position in society.

 Amrinder Sharma, Secretary, District Legal Services Authority and Saroj Mittal, Deputy Director, School Education, Chandigarh Administration were the prominent speakers at another students assembly at Government Girls Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 18C, where all girl students of the School came wearing badges of ‘Proud to be A Girl’ along with pink turbans. And addressing them Amrinder Sharma said that it is very necessary for the girls to get full potential, safe and enabling environment. They should be aware of all their legal rights and the facts of life.

 SS Saron, former Acting Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court and senior journalist Dr. Vandana Shukla joined girl students of Home Science College, Sector 10, where they first released balloons with tied-up  messages of girls and women rights like ‘Think a World without Us, Proud to be A Girl, Girls Are Great, Be A  Girl, Take a Stand, Be Bold-Be Strong, We will Not be Silent, I am woman, hear me roar etc. Justice Saron shared examples from legal history and presented before young students examples to work hard with sheer determination to excel in the fields of academics, sports or extra-curricular activities. Dr Vandana Shukla, with the help of anecdotes illustrated the need to be well informed about women's rights and duties; to question the traditions that work against empowerment and equip themselves with financial and educational well being. She stressed the need for political awareness in all walks of life; else, women will unwittingly hand over the major decision about their lives into the hands of patriarchal forces. The need was also to make infor

 med choices and to help other women, in need of empowerment.  

 Some other prominent institutions where Pink Turban Campaign was organized includes St. John’s School, Govt. High School, Daddumajra, Yuvsatta-Children’s Centre-Kitabghar at Bapudham Colony, Chandigarh, The Sky School, Panchkula and Dikshant International School, Zirakpur.