In the spirit of celebrating women’s day, the Defence Authority College For women organized a commendable 2 hour long event commemorating the achievements of women –an event that reflected positivism, art and creativity.
Compounding the women’s day celebrations with the oath taking ceremony further sensitized the event as handing over the responsibility to the newly elected council members reflected the sheer responsibility and determinism a girl can handle.
The event commenced with Hafeza Lareb’s recital of holy Quranic verse along with its translation in Urdu and Holy Prophet (PBUH)’s saying regarding women’s status and prominence in an Islamic society. Rabia Akhter furthered the event with her mesmerizing vocals when recited the Naat.
“We ought to realize the position of women in our society, and if we are to truly bring a change in the lives of women we need to move a few steps ahead of the festivities of women’s day ,because sadly many of our country’s women are totally oblivion to their status in society and women hood. This will add to the first steps of women empowerment in our country”, said ma’am xyz with her energetic start for the event.
Miss Maleha faisal CEO / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of Artistic Denim Mills added grace to the event with her charismatic presence as the chief guest to the event. Her arrival was met whole heartedly with a standing ovation by the student audience.
In all four students from different faculties of the college contributed liveliness to the event with their speeches highlighting their perspectives regarding womens day and stimulated every mind to actually ponder over the cause and how to make our statuses in the society more compelling in the current circumstances of our country.
Hiba Rasheed and Asma Adnan one after the other with their captivating skills rendered their ideas to the audience. The former emphasized the basic motto of celebrating women’s day and how we can always keep ourselves ahead of others by ignoring the demoralizing situations of the country she strengthened her argument with Rumi’s quote while the latter saw women as the gender that always stood staunchly against any hurdles in life taking Fatima Jinnah, Margaret Thratcer, Opreh into consideration.
“Perhaps we should be brighter and bolder on such days, its heartening to see students spreading awareness about women’s day and right” said the highly ecstatic ma’am Muhaddesa Muhammed.
Sharia Jameel followed by Aqsa added their potential share to the event with their speeches in Urdu. Sharia highlighted the women’s highly elevated status in Islam and how Prophet (PBUH) appreciated the position of women as mothers, daughters, sisters and wives. On the other hand Aqsa began with Hazrat Umar (R.A)’s quote regarding women. She highlighted how women sacrificed their lives yet remained resilient.
“The competition looks tough, this will give hard time to the judges on deciding the winner”, said Sara Tanwir, one among the audience, with a smirk.
Ma’am Roohi Tayyabi, one of the organizers of the event, played a short 5minute film highlighting all the prominent women from the Islamic century onwards to date.
There was Hazrat Khadija- first women who converted to Islam, Hazrat Ayesha(R.A), Hazrat Fathima (R.A.)-Prophet (Pbuh)’s beloved daughter, Madam Nur Jehan veteran vocalist, Razia Sulatan known for her bravery,Chand bibi, Amjad, Noor us saba, Begum Shaista, Fathima Jinnah, Begum Rana liaquat, Benazir Bhutto, Begum Akram Khatoon, Ms. Bilquis Edhi, Maliha Lodhi, and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Last but not the least Ms. Farhat Agha our very own principal known for her highly reputable personality.
Then a 7 minute long video was played, that comprehensively explained the entire election process, from the campaigns to the voting and then counting. The audience participated with their laughter and applauds. At the end it thanked the teachers who worked tirelessly making the elections a hit.
Welcoming the chief guest, parents and the audiences Dr. Farhat Agha whole heartedly addressed the event, “we the women should be aware of our rights and abilities at the same time. And being educated we must posses the highest sense of responsibility”, she said. “DHA has always maintained its policy of conducting free and fair elections and we proudly impart education thereby giving out productive citizens”, she further added and congratulated the newly elected council members.
The council members were handed over with their badges by the chief guest.
Zahra Rafi-former president of DCW’s council (2012-2013) was invited to the stage to hand over the presidency to Haya Shah. “I congratulate the new council member and its heartening to pass on the leadership to my successors, nothing would have been possible without the teachers’ and the principal’s support who have made DCW an eminent college of Karachi”, she added.
Maleha Faisal was at the end invited to the stage to address students with her achievements to foster to the students’ talents. “contrary to the stereotype we women withstand passionately with our male counterparts, we are the master minds, in this era of women empowerment the current CEO of Pepsi and face book are females which shows nothing can over shadow our self esteem to soar heights”, she added exuberantly.
“I further dream to work harder, and there’s never an end to growing ideas, it keeps sprouting”, she further added leaving the young student ponder over their talents.
In the end the principal handed over a shield to the chief guest. And student participants were handed over the certificates of appreciation. Where Hiba and Shania topped the charts and Aqsa and Asma scored second. The event ended with a combined photograph of the principal, chief guest and the council members.