Mehwish appointed as goodwill ambassador for girls’ rights

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KARACHI: Another feather to Pakistan’s leading actress Mehwish Hayat’s cap as she has been appointed a goodwill ambassador for girls’ rights by the Ministry of Human Rights.

The recipient of the prestigious Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Hayat, announced about her appointment in a video message on micro-blogging website, saying: “Delighted to be appointed by the Ministry of Human Rights as Goodwill Ambassador the rights of the girl child.”

The ‘Load Wedding’ star – who has been vocal about humanitarian issues, said: “This is something close to me & I look forward to actively raising awareness of the issues to be addressed. Let’s give girls the better future they deserve.”

Having been filled with enthusiasm, Hayat said: “It is an honour for me to play a crucial role in helping girls get their rights. I wish to see a Pakistan where girls are given the opportunities to get education.” She also appealed to the nation to support her in mission to give girls the better future they deserve.

“Let’s give girls the better future they deserve,” she added. Her announcement comes on the day when International Day of the Girl Child was observed on October 11.

In August, Hayat was awarded the Pride of Performance in Norway. Addressing the event, she had conveyed Pakistan’s message of peace.

In March, the famed Pakistani actress received Tamgha-e-Imtiaz for her outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. She was also appointed the Muslim charity Penny Appeal’s brand ambassador. Last month, the actress made it to the list of The Muslim Vibe’s top five Muslim women in the world.

Meanwhile, Mehwish Hayat on Friday expressed her support for the Kashmiri women and children in India-held Kashmir.

“We are with them. We need the world to stand with them, to put an end to what amounts to nothing short of war crimes,” Mehwish Hayat said at an event held to launch advocacy campaign on girl child’s rights through truck art.

Organised by the Ministry of Human Rights, the event was held to celebrate International Day of the Girl Child in collaboration with the European Union. Through the innovative use of an indigenous art form, 20 trucks were painted with messages about rights of the girl child. Five of those trucks were parked on the lawns of Lok Virsa where the event was held.

According to the organisers, travelling the length and breadth of Pakistan, these trucks shall carry messages on the rights of girls to create awareness.

Mehwish Hayat believed that when provided the opportunity, girls can accomplish anything they set their minds on.“We have seen girls from the remotest corners of Pakistan becoming teachers, doctors, sportswomen, musicians and mountaineers,” she said.

In addition to the truck art initiative, a series of public service announcements on the rights of the girl child, featuring Mehwish Hayat, were also presented on two big screens.

“The rights of all children, including the girl child, are enshrined in our Constitution. As an equal participant, it is her right to equal access to opportunities to develop her full potential,” said Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari.

Celebrated globally, the day aims at highlighting and addressing the needs and challenges of girls and ensure the fulfillment of their fundamental rights.