Problems, challenges faced by women reflected in the paintings

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Zubair Qureshi

More than fifty contestants from different schools and colleges in Twin Cities took part in a painting competition and skillfully reflected the issues and challenges faced by girls and women in different mediums.

The live painting contest was organized by Development Communications Network (Devcom-Pakistan) and Punjab Arts Council Rawalpindi in collaboration with Islamabad Crescent Lions Club on Wednesday to mark International Women’s Day.

Kulsoom Chattha and Qindil Shahzad from Fatima Jinnah Women University won first prizes, Laiba Imran from Superior College and Tasbiha Rehan from Federal Government Postgraduate Girls College Kashmir Road won second prizes, Fizza Javed from Islamabad Model College for Girls (Postgraduate) F- 7/2 and Muneeba Urooj from International Islamic University Islamabad got the third position, Saharun Nisa from Sultana Foundation Girls High School and Alina Latif from Islamabad Model College for Girls (Postgraduate) F-7/2 remained in fourth position, while Laiba Yaseen from Arid Agricultural University and Omaima Khan from Divisional Public School took fifth position. Mahnoor Khushhal of Fatima Jinnah Women’s University won the Director’s Choice award.

The Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Climate Change, Senator Seemi Ezdi, was the chief guest on this occasion. Speaking on the occasion, she said the paintings accurately reflected the girls’ apprehensions and aspirations. Through art, they have reflected their feelings about untoward behavior at home and in society. Art is simply not a source of expression but a means of educating people about social concerns and taboos.

Well-known activist Sumaira Raza urged parents to give their daughters confidence to face life and career challenges. We must prepare our young girls for the future and support their aspirations for the good of a vibrant society.

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