Chandigarh, October 12: Today as part of a ‘Girl Star Project’, Yuvsatta & Garden of Hope Foundation organized a unique ‘PINK TURBAN CAMPAIGN’ in the city to celebrate this year’s ‘International Day of Girl Child’, at five prestigious Schools by involving over 5,000 girls & through them their families. In morning assemblies at these Schools girl students came wearing ‘PINK TURBANS’ and prominent personalities from the city inspired and motivated them to feel empowered in order to ensure rights and dignity of girls and women.

 

At KB DAV Sr. Sec. Public School, Sector 7 B, Chandigarh,  Ms. Justice Ritu Bahari, Judge, Punjab & Haryana High Court was welcomed with an inspiring sight of over 1500 girls of the School welcoming her wearing PINK TURBANS. Addressing the students Ms. Justice Ritu Bahari motivated girl students to dream big in life with a strong belief in self. She said that “your dreams don’t need to remain dreams forever; they have a real possibility of coming true. Don’t settle on small dreams when you can be achieving bigger things”. She further added that “big dreams are the reasons why the world changes for the better. It’s the reason why there have been so many great inventions, and cures for diseases, etc. Big dreams give you the opportunity to truly leave your mark on the world”.

 

At Saupin’s School Prof. Devi Sirohi, Chairperson, Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child quoted names of great women’s & girls of India from Kalpana Chawla to Jhansi Ki Rani Laxmi Bai, Mother Terresa to Indira Gandhi, Saina Nehwal, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Sania Imran Mirza, Sunita Williams etc. She said that the good thing is that girls today are showing they can do anything boys can do and they want to live life on their own terms, which is good for their own careers and country’s future. 

 

Sandeep Joshi, the famous Cartoonist was the Chief Guest at AKSIPS, Sector 45 where students wearing ‘PINK TURBANS’presented a PowerPoint presentation to convey the message of "Rising Girls and Empowered Women". A skit cum dance on girl’s empowerment formed a part of the celebration. Mr. Sandeep Joshi interacted with the students and motivated them to work in groups, start with small targets to reach of goal of greater India with stronger girls & women in our society society. He gifted an on the spot sketched poster on the demand of all the students.

 

Addressing the students New Public School, Sector 18 Mr. Justice Amit Rawal, Judge, Punjab & Haryana High Court said that adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders. He ended quoting Napoleon Bonaparte, who once said,"Give me good mothers and I shall give you a great nation!

 

Pramod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta and main organizer of the initiative addressing the students at St. Stephen’s School, Sector 45 B, told that they have selected use of Turban- Pagri in this campaign as it’s 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. In color psychology, pink is a sign of hope. It is a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay. So the idea is to use Turban and Pink Colour to give a clear and strong message of ‘RISING GIRLS & EMPOWERED WOMEN’.