Chandigarh, September 29: Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor, Haryana inaugurated a ‘SAARC Youth Leadership Summit’ at Golden Jubilee Hall of Panjab University on the 3rd day of 9th International Youth Peace Fest which was also marked was marked by another ‘Asia Level Regional Meeting on Rights & Dignity of Girls’ at ICSSR Complex of Panjab University and a consultation workshop on launching of a ‘Global Youth Peace Forum’ at Botanical garden, Sarangpur, Chandigarh.

The initiative was jointly organized by Yuvsatta, RGNIYD (Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development), Garden of Hope Foundation, Taiwan, GGD SD College, Centre of Women Studies & Development, Panjab University, Oxfam India, Svayam, KB DAV Sr. Sec. Public School, State Cell-NSS & Gurukul Global School, Chandigarh.

Addressing the IYPF delegates Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki appreciating the effort of volunteers of Yuvsatta for organizing the global youth on one platform for good of quoted Swami Vivekananda who always stressed that the real birth of the individual takes place when the purpose of his life germinates. He believed that he who does not have a purpose is nothing but a walking-talking corpse. Till the purpose is not recognized, life is absolutely useless. Explaining further about need for unity of SAARC & role of youth he mentioned that the situation in SAARC countries has undergone a sea change. They are not hesitant to stand up to be counted. They are determined to make the world a safe place for their children to grow in. He also shared the latest steps undertaken by Govt. of India to further increase dialogue, cooperation and mutual dialogue among SAARC nations. Prominent other who were present on the occasion includes Dr. Latha Pillai, Director, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development & Mr. JacoCilliers, Country Director, UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) & Deepak Dhiman, State Head, Dainik Bhasker, Chandigar.h

 

And inaugurating Asia Level Regional Conference at ICSSR on rights  & dignity of girls Prof. Ronki Ram, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Panjab University, Chandigarh  emphasized the significance of human rights at the current time when girls feel unsafe merely venturing outside the house. Human rights are the crux of life and one of the key issues at the moment, he declared. Prof. Manvinder Kaur, Chairperson of the Department of Women’s Studies referred to the fact that previously women were denied human rights and so deprived of their true status as human beings. Women have their own identity and we need to focus on this. Earlier, Mr. Anthony Carlisle, In-Charge, International Affairs Division of the Garden of Hope Foundation , welcomed the participants and  identified the trajectory of the Workshop which he hoped would go a long way in establishing human rights cities across Asia and ensure human rights of girls and women.


Shulamith Koenig, Director, People’s Movement for Human Rights Education, US, delivering the Keynote Address stated that human rights are about equality without discrimination. Taking a holistic view of human rights she asserted that all issues related to human rights are interconnected and interrelated. She emphasized that human rights are a way of life. Bandana Rana, CEO of Saathi Organisation of Nepal reminisced about the Beijing Conference and its significant role in ensuring women’s human rights. She emphasized that power lies in collective strength and with this the voice is amplified and heard.

 

The two day conference will see the participation of representatives from various organizations of Pakistan, Nepal, Taiwan and India, working in the field of women’s and children’s human rights.

Dev Tyde a young gandhian activist from Indicoprs & Mr. Ajatshatru a peace trainer conducted the consultation workshop on creating a ‘Global Youth Peace Forum’ to further increase the present participation of present 30 country in International Youth Peace Fest in 2014 to involvement of youth representatives of 100 countries next year in 2015.


The power packed day ended with equally enigmatic multicultural evening and one world fashion show at GGD SD College, Chandigarh.