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PU celebrates Int’l Human Rights Day
PU celebrates Int’l Human Rights Day

LAHORE: (Saturday, December 12, 2015): Punjab University Department of Gender Studies in collaboration with SPO, MDM, Aurat Foundation and Ministry of Human Rights has organized a seminar on “Our Rights Our Freedom” in connection with 16 Days of Activism on Violence against Women and International Human Rights Day. Human Rights Activist and Politician Miss Mehnaz Rafi, Regional Head of SPO Salman Abid, Institutional Development Manager Miss Roohi Maqbool, Director, Ministry of Human Rights Miss Lubna Mansoor, Regional Head of Aurat Foundation Miss Mumtaz Mughal, lecturers Miss Nudrat Kamal and Miss Nazia Abdul Ghaffar and a large number of students were present on the occasion. In her address, Mehnaz Rafi said that we need to be aware of our basic rights but along with it there is also a need to be remindful of our duties towards humanity and our community. She said that only by respecting others’ rights, we can achieve the goal of peace and prosperity. Salman Abid said that the development of infrastructure was useless without investing on human development. Roohi Maqbool said that it was significant to raise voice against violence and achieving human rights goals. She stressed the importance of Youth and its role in eradicating social evils from the society. Lubna Mansoor said that all human beings belong to one family and they have duties to respect others’ rights. She showed great hope that youth and students particularly will play their role as citizens along with state to overcome the challenges. Mumtaz Mughal said that people in Pakistan were facing different kind of violence and human rights violations. She said that men, women, children and elderly all have basic human right to secure a favorable environment in the society which channelize their potentials and secure their needs. Nazia Abdul Ghaffar said that we should live a life of principles based on mutual respect and dignity. She said that discussions and debates in seminars can only be fruitful if we practice it in our life with its true spirit and letter. In the event, Chaanan Theatre Group performed a theatre on “Gender Based Violence”.