Candlelight vigil held for Nigerian girls

KARACHI: Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), in collaboration with Beydaari  (Youth Led Initiative), Child Right Movement (CRM), and Goad Organization  conducted a candle vigil and demonstration to show solidarity with the international community on the 100 days of abduction of the 219 Nigerian Girls from Chibok. The candle vigil and demonstration titled “Bring Our Girls Back” was organised adjacent to  Sindh Government Hospital Korangi Karachi. Baela Reza Jamil, Director Programs, ITA condemned Boko Haram for a clear violation of human rights and denying a basic right to the girls of Nigeria.  She highlighted a similar plight of the girls of Pakistan where almost 11.3% were still out of school. Slogans and messages of solidarity with the Nigerian girls were chanted by the crowd to record their voice against the atrocities on education. The need to address immediate implementation of Article 25-A, Right to Education was also brought forward. Members of the youth, civil society, media and government representatives stood very firmly for the rights of girls’ education and made a plea to the Nigerian commission in Pakistan to please deliver their messages for solidarity to the Nigerian government in this difficult time of need. 

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