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PRC sends first consignment of relief goods for Syrian refugees

 

 President Mamnoon says dispatch of relief goods shows Pakistan and Turkey stand with their Syrian brethren in hour of need

 

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) on Thursday handed the first consignment of relief goods over to the Turkish Ambassador S. Babür Girgin for onward distribution to the Syrian refugees through Turkish Red Crescent.

The relief items included 10,000 blankets, 5,000 jackets and 5,000 shirts.

The handover ceremony took place at the President House, Islamabad.

Addressing the handover ceremony, President Mamnoon Hussain said the PRC’s humanitarian efforts will further cement relations Pakistan’s with Turkey and Syria and others should also follow its initiatives.

“This gesture shows that the PRC stands with vulnerable and exposed people not only in Pakistan, but also with those living beyond borders,” he added.

Dr. Saeed Elahi briefed the president about transportation of relief goods for the Syrian refugees and coordination with the TRC in this regard.

He informed the president that the PRC will also send another consignment of football kits for the Syrian refugees.

Turkish Ambasador S. Babür Girgin on the occasion thanked the President of Pakistan and PRC Chairman for the support.

PRC Secretary General Ghulam Muhammad Awan, Managing Body Members Dr. Jamal Nasir, Prof. Dr. Hussain Mubbashar Malik, Haider Rizvi, PRC Officers and Staff, TRC Head of Delegation Izzet Curaci and others were also present on the occasion.

World Women Day Celebrated : PRC sets up psychological first aid centers for women

 ISLAMABAD: Chairman and Secretary General Pakistan Red Crescent Dr Saeed Elahi and Ghulam Muhammad Awan respectively and Chairperson Pakistan Girls Guide Association Senator Nuzhat Sadiq pose for a photograph with the participants of an event organized in connection with the International Women’s Day at the PRC National Headquarters here on Wednesday.

ISLAMABAD March 08, 2017: The Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) has set up psychological first-aid centers for women all over the country under its Restoring Family Links (RFL) program.

This was pledged by the PRC during an event organized in connection with the International Women’s Day under the theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” held at the PRC National Headquarters here on Wednesday.

The participants were briefed about different programs of the PRC including gender & diversity, disaster management, first-aid, blood donation services, youth & volunteers and RFL.

The managers of aforesaid programs enlightened the participants on how the PRC was rendering its humanitarian services to vulnerable people in Pakistan in line with its seven principles of “humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.”

The briefing was followed by a panel discussion attended by Chairperson Pakistan Girls Guide Association Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, Humera Hussain, Hadia Aziz and Riffat Haq.

The panelists highlighted the role of “Women in the Changing World of Work” and emphasized gender equality, women empowerment and women rights.

The panelists said the world of work was changing, with significant implications for women.

“On the one hand, we have globalization, technological and digital revolution and opportunities they bring, on the other we are facing the growing informality of labour, unstable livelihoods and incomes, new fiscal and trade policies and environmental impacts — all of which must be addressed in the context of women’s economic empowerment.

Addressing the participants, Chairman PRC Dr. Saeed Elahi said the Women Forum Pakistan Red Crescent will address the specific needs of Pakistani women and girls in times of natural and man-made disasters.

He said provision of psycho-social referral services was an exceptional step taken by the PRC to address the needs of vulnerable women all over the country.

“I would like to extend my warmest congratulations and deepest appreciation on behalf of the Pakistan Red Crescent to all those who have contributed towards promoting the human rights of women in their personal or institutional capacities, and to all those courageous women and men who continue to work for empowerment and well-being of the women of Pakistan”, he added.

Secretary General PRC Ghulam Muhammad Awan said the PRC remained committed to empowerment of women and the Women Forum was the right platform where women can make full use of their potentials.

“In the past two decades, women have made a remarkable contribution to the country’s economic progress which has actually resulted in narrowing down gender gaps in literacy, legal rights, political participation and service sector employment”, he added.

Later, Dr Saeed Elahi distributed shields among the panelists.

The event was attended by Chairperson Women Forum Pakistan Red Crescent Saiqa Raziq, Program Officer Regional Blood Centre Dr Wasifa Mohtasim, First-Aid Program Officer Dr. Amna Khan, members of Women Forum and Pakistan Girl Guides Association, lawyers, health care professionals, volunteers and the civil society representatives.