Seminar On 'Empowerment Of Orphan Poor Girls & Widows:
Women's Responsibilities' Focuses On Comprehensive
Support System For Welfare & Rehabilitation Of
Orphan Poor Girls & Widows.

J&K Yateem Foundation in Collaboration with National Mission for Empowerment of Women, J&K & Women Studies Centre, Govt College of Education, Srinagar organized daylong seminar on 'Empowerment Of Orphan Poor Girls & Widows: Women's Responsibilities', at Govt College of Education, Moulana Azad Road, here on Saturday.

A galaxy of college faculty, educationists, teachers & B.Ed, M.Ed students, were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mtr Hafiza Muzaffar, State Mission Director, National Mission for Empowerment of Women, J&K called upon the participants to work for the welfare & rehabilitation of orphans, widows & destitute. She said the major chunk of sufferers among our population are women who need not only monetary help but also moral & emotional support. She urged the working women to contribute monetarily towards livelihood support, education & solemnizing marriages of orphan & poor girls so that they could live honorable & dignified life without exploitation.

Mtr Hafiza, who also heads J&K State Rehabilitation Council, informed that militancy affected orphans including girls, widows can avail help in the form of scholarships, one time marriage assistance aid and other aid from the Council under Department of Social Welfare, Govt of J&K.

Guest of honour, Prof (Dr) Parveen Pandit, Principal, Govt College of Education, Srinagar, stressed on the need to take effective measures to make the orphan girls educated which will lead to their real empowerment. She urged educated & literate sections to come forward and lend their support in this mission. She also highlighted the plight of women sufferers wherein girls & women are facing violence & onslaught, which needs to be fought while upholding rights & dignity of both men & women. She called upon the participants to join hands for welfare & rehabilitation initiatives being undertaken by the NGOs like J&K Yateem Foundation.

Earlier, Prof (Retd) Manzoor Ahmad Wazir, Educationist, expressed concern over the insensitivity & apathy of the people in general and called for taking sincere, meaningful & result-oriented measures for the orphans, widows & destitute who need all kinds of support, encouragement & help. He said our failure to reach out to the destitute sections of our people, would lead to social chaos, anarchy & may give rise to crimes in the society.

On the occasion, a 43-minute film titled 'Together with Orphans, Widows & Destitute' & also Tarana-i-Baitul Hilal (Baitul Hilal anthem), produced by Press & PR Division were screened. The film highlights the plight of orphans, widows and destitute people affected in Kashmir and who have no financial or family support to sustain themselves. The film includes opinions and comments from academicians, jurists, journalists, and entrepreneurs on the state of orphans and widows in the Valley. The film also documents JKYF activities.

JKYF chairman Mohammed Rafiq Lone in his vote of thanks, called upon the participants to extend their help, cooperation & support besides utilize their talent & expertise for the welfare & rehabilitation of orphans, widows & destitute.

The seminar started with the recitation of Holy Qura'n by Suhail Ahmad Khan & Na'at by Mujtahidul Haq, residents of Baitul Hilal, Jawahar Nagar. One College student Mohammad Ashraf also presented Na'at on the occasion.

District Representative JKYF Budgam Mohammad Maqbool conducted the proceedings of the seminar.

Earlier, the Chief Guest & Guests of Honour inaugurated the JKYF photo exhibition titled 'Together with Orphans, Widows & Destitute', which attracted huge response from the visitors.

(Issued by Press & Public Relations Division)