Government launches the Girl Child Awareness program using Pakistan’s mesmerizing truck art
Captions such as 'Children's safety is your duty, give me safety,' 'I wish to study, I will become your light,' and 'Let me play, let me make my country proud' are written on newly painted trucks.
- It was wonderful to meet the truck owners who gave their trucks & the artists who painted them-Shireen Mazari
- Trucks go from one corner of Pakistan to another so truck art and promoting awareness about girls’ rights came together like a billboard- Samar MinAllah Khan
Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari said on Friday, we have launched the Girl Child Awareness program by using captivating truck art of Pakistan.
She further added that the program was started in association with an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker Samar MinAllah Khan.
Mazari, who inaugurated the girl’s awareness program on October 11, which is the international day of the Girl Child also met with truck owners. She said, “It was wonderful to meet the truck owners who gave their trucks & the artists who painted them. She further says, “Can’t wait to see them on the road”.
#InternationalDayoftheGirlChild MOHR together with Samar Minallah and the EU launched its Girl Child Awareness programme through Truck Art. Was wonderful to meet the truck owners who gave their trucks & the artists who painted them. Can't wait to see them on the road. pic.twitter.com/flOO0KfZFp
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) October 11, 2019
Captions such as ‘Children’s safety is your duty, give me safety,’ ‘I wish to study, I will become your light,’ and ‘Let me play, let me make my country proud’ are written on newly painted trucks.
The human rights minister also attended the event to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. She said on the occasion that around 12.5 million girls in Pakistan don’t have access to the quality education. Our ministry is working to introduce reforms to address this problem. She further added, the ministry in this regard launches a helpline and portal.
— PTI (@PTIofficial) October 11, 2019
While talking to the source she said, “We have set up a child commission … for women’s safety, it’s necessary to make sure mothers are safe so that the girls are safe”.
“We have operationalized the Detention & Distress Fund, which was there but not being used. Now the Zainab Alert Bill will also be approved in a few days,” she added.
Newly Appointed Ambassador
Mehwish Hayat a newly appointed ambassador for girl’s rights also attended the event. She highlighted the importance of girl’s education by saying, “educating a boy only helps an individual but educating a girl will make the whole society better”.
Pleasure to be at the launch of the Ministry of Human Rights’ new initiatives for the girl child & meet some inspirational women like @ShireenMazari1 . Was impressed to see innovative ways like truck art to get the message out. looking forward to doing a lot more for this cause. pic.twitter.com/xt8Wa410sZ
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) October 11, 2019
“This is to create awareness for girl’s rights. Education and protection are necessary and key issues and there needs to be work done in that regard.”
Regarding the new initiative, Minallah explained that trucks go from one corner of Pakistan to another so truck art and promoting awareness about girls’ rights came together like a billboard.
“So why not try this [medium]?” she said.
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