CHANDIGARH,15.01.20-January 15: Today, preparing for upcoming National Girl Child Day, Yuvsatta along with Peace Clubs of St. Stephen’s School 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 1500 School students participated in the initiative, in which girls came wearing Pink Turbans and boys pink stoles to show solidarity with the cause, shared Mr. Louis Lopez, Principal of the School. Mrs. Harjinder Kaur, Chairperson of CCPCR-Chandigarh Commission of Protection of Child Rights was the Chief Guest on the occasion and Mr. Pramod Sharma, Chief Functionary of Yuvsatta (youth for peace)-NGO presided over the same.

Pramod Sharma of Yuvsatta-NGO, which around four years back started this campaign from Chandigarh, in his address gave examples of three countries of China, Germany and Malaysia, where Independence came around the same time as we Indians got our independence but today they’re far ahead than us not only in terms of overall development but in fields of women empowerment too. And the main reason Pramod mentioned is that there in these countries all men and women are looked upon as two important and equal pillars of progress. So if today India is lacking behind, it’s because Indian girls and women are not getting right environment and opportunities at homes and outside to realize their true potential. As if half of Indian workforce is not properly utilized. So if India has to progress, first women of India need to come in forefront. And through this unique campaign they’re motivating and inspiring young girls to take a stand and lead the country towards a better future.

Harjinder Kaur in her address shared 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 she appreciated the whole idea of this campaign giving a strong message of ‘‘RISING GIRLS & EMPOWERED NATION’. She also added that “She makes the world bright, but still struggles to see light”. And she further endorsed that until & unless girls and women 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.

Students of the school presented a colourful prorgramme which ended with a Pledge to uphold the rights and dignity of girls and women. The programme ended with national anthem and prizes from Yuvsatta to prominent young participating students,