Young people take up the reins against VAW
I had gone to T2F to get together with some other TBTT campaigners before heading off to a rally organized by Aurat Foundation. Usually there are people of all ages hanging out at T2F and you easily start a conversation with someone you don’t know (that is the kind of place it is). Yesterday, however, was a little different. There were an unproportionate number of people who were possibly in their O & A levels.
I asked Sabeen Mahmud, the Director of PeaceNiche, what all the buzz was about. She said that a workshop on Gender Violence was being run for young people by UKS. Amazing how one walks into these kind of things, isn’t it? She introduced me to Surayya Mahmood, a young lady probably also in her A levels, who was running the workshop with 3 of her friends. They had attended a similar workshop themselves the summer before and had begun to understood the impact of media on young minds. They have since been working with Uks on spreading this awareness among their peers.
Naturally I was not going to miss this opportunity to capture Surayya on video and share her thoughts with TBTT campaigners and supporters around the world.