Friday, January 19, 2018

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Peshawar Incident

So excited for first day of school
I never knew the world could be so cruel
But here’s my story as it goes
I’ll lead you through it as the cold wind blows
Wake up ! Wake up !
It’s time for school,
Breakfast is ready, put on your shoes.
Mommy fixed my tie and tucked in my shirt,
Said take care don’t get into trouble.
Ring ! Ring ! Ring!
Goes the bell
I’ll see you soon Son” said mommy to her love
Little did she know he won’t be coming back
Part by part he’ll be thrown on a rack
She will have to bring him in a sack

It’s a lovely day I’m going to learn so much
I wonder what mommy packed me for lunch
Start of the day by the National anthem
I sang with all my heart for I love the anthem
People say the country will drown
But the thought makes me frown
For I will grow up to make it a better place
I will play my part in the chase

As the day goes by suddenly I hear
Shouting men and screams of fear
As I turned the corner I saw what was the fuss
Men with guns…that was the rush

But why in my school? What did I do?
How did I ever harm you?
Hush he said, as he held a gun down my throat…
For this is a war in which everyone is blinded

I closed my eyes and saw my mom
She was crying, worried at home
I wont be coming mom, you have to come and get me
Please don’t cry when you see me
I seem to have lost my shoe,
Please don’t be angry
Be brave as one day will come
God will undo what these men have done.

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Persons with disabilities, “the world’s largest minority

Visionary Foundation Pakistan in collaboration with RutgersWPF organized 1st Karachi Symposium on SRHR and Disability here in Karachi.

More than 20 organizations working on disability was part of the Symposium with their heads and members.

Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities, “the world’s largest minority”, often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society.

Barriers can take a variety of forms, including those relating to the physical environment or to information and communications technology (ICT), or those resulting from legislation or policy, or from societal attitudes or discrimination. The result is that persons with disabilities do not have equal access to society or services, including education, employment, health care, transportation, political participation or justice.

The development sector of Pakistan has shifted its focus to youth development, especially considering the fact that it comprises of the 64% of the total Pakistani population.

Despite the fact that many programs are being designed and implemented for the capacity development and income generation of youth, so far not much has been done for the development of youth with special needs.

Presently, majority of the vulnerable youth with special needs tends to withdraw from the society, hiding its talents and potential, while the ratio of the determined few who take up the challenge against all odds and excel in their respective fields is very small.

Mr. Rashid Khan, CEO of Visionary Foundation Said, “During the last few years, the international community increasingly recognized the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Although Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) are one of the focus points, there is still little attention given to people with disabilities in this area.”

Now this is the time we must put one step forward to discuss Disability…Mr. Rashid Khan, CEO Visionary Foundation Pakistan.

“According to the ’World Report on Disability’ released by the World Health Organization and the World Bank in June this year, around 15% of the world’s population has a disability. This means that the sexual and reproductive health and rights of a large part of the world’s population are being neglected. This is even more pronounced in developing countries, where around 80% of the world’s population is living.”

Mr. Qadeer Baig, Country Representative Rutges WPF Said“Marriage, building a family, and access to information about SRHR are less self-evident for persons with disabilities than for their non-disabled peers. People with disabilities are more often the victims of sexual exploitation and abuse. Informed consent for treatments such as sterilisation and abortion is often denied to persons with disabilities. People with an intellectual disability are at higher risk of becoming victims of unauthorized proceedings.”

Ms. Sundus Ahson, Focal Person ASK, VFP gives presentation on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, she ended her presentation on “Sexual Rights are the Human Rights.”.

Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Member National Assembly, from MQM said, is her speech” There are many challenges for Pakistan to create equal rights and access to sexual and reproductive health for all. Often, legislation and policy at the national level insufficiently protect the rights of persons with disabilities. Research is essential for increasing public understanding about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for people with disabilities. This topic needs urgent attention.”

Dr. Shahida Sajjad, Dean Faculty of Education, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, Mr. Noor ud Din Kaka Bhawani, President Awareness Pakistan, Mr. Zeeshan Siddiqiui, Executive Director, Markaz-e-Umeed, and Mr. Richard Geary, Executive Director, FESF shared their expert opinion.

The Symposium caters all 4 major disabilities Visually Impaired, Hearing Impairments, Physical and Mental Impairment; more than 50 people participated from all major disabilities.

About the Organization:

Visionary Foundation Pakistan is a youth lead registered organization working with a vision to develop youth and disable – friendly environment through awareness, services, training & capacity building. Educate and aware society on physical, mental, psychological and social issues, availing their basic rights, move for social development, Increase literacy rate through learning environment and ensure meaningful youth participation.

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Let’s reach the moon

On the morning of 2nd November 2014 a TEDx mega event was held in the Auditorium of Islamabad Club from 11:30 am till around 05:00 pm. This particular independent TED event was recognized as TEDx@youthclbroad. Packed with motivation and inspiration, this event was the highlight of the participant’s day.

The event promised its attendees different variety of speakers ranging from different professional careers and ages which it delivered on with full zeal and enthusiasm. The event started with the exceptional talk of Nabeel A Qadeer from Plan9 who highlighted his perspective that anything and everything is possible if you have the passion and drive to achieve your dream.

Nabeel A Qadeer

Second on stage was the exceptionally talented Hassan Sohail Siddiqui who blew the participants mind with his first ever Pakistani superhero Comic Book “Pakistan Man” and the advice to always go for a career path that you are good at no matter the consequences. His talk made you realize that if you try wholeheartedly the odds can practically end up in your favor.

Hassan Siddiqui

Third on stage was an amazing human being Ayesha Haleem who, at the tender age of 19, has accomplished leaps. Her perception and dream of changing perspectives around her gave the audience the enthusiasm to realize that anything is possible if they have the attitude of a movie star. Her talk expresses the title “about changing perceptions.”

Ayesha Haleem

As per TEDx rules a TED video was played for the audience about Hard Choices by Ruth Chang after which a 45 minute break took place. During the break a networking session was held for attendees to interact with the speakers as well as each other to have a better social standing. After the break the fourth personality to take the stage was Saad Asif. The title of his talk was “Out bit for change”. His talk gave the people listening to his every word the outlook of what and how change affects us.

Saad Asim

After Saad’s motivational talk it was Fawad Asghar. His talk revolved around the caption “doing what you love” giving us the reflection of following our personal choice careers and choices. He blew the audience’s mind with his expressive talk.

Fawad Afzal

The last on the stage was the amazing and talented Iftekhar Yezdani. His talk was captioned “Let’s reach the moon”. He gave us the perspective that nothing is impossible when you have the moon in your sight. Nothing is stopping us from reaching a point of success that we define ourselves not someone else for us.

iftekhar Yezdani

In the end it could be observed easily that all the talks had left the audience in high spirits. The event ended on a positive note with high appreciations from the audience. All in all it turned out to be a spectacular event with high praise to the speakers and the organizing team.

Linkagoal new campaign in Pakistan

Linkagoal is a San Francisco based Goal Oriented Social Network, it promotes the habit of writing goals and helps to connect individuals based on similar goals and objectives in life.

Currently numerous users on Linkagoal are creating goals based on Global Causes, the gesture is to make a difference on individual basis. This ignited the idea for them to start a national level campaign in Pakistan.

Linkagoal is running this national level campaign till the end of this December, where the idea is to involve people of Pakistan to write down their personal goals that will bring change in Pakistan. This will help them in two ways, one, it will help them build up the habit of writing goals and second, every individual can hold themselves accountable to be a part of a major change. Towards the end of this campaign, as an award, Linkagoal will select 25 winners and the grand prize winner will receive a brand new car.

Linkagoal will be reaching out to top universities, Radio, TV Shows and place hoardings to reach out to maximum number of individuals.

To influence people, Linkagoal will reach out to 10 well-respected individuals in Pakistan to write their Goal for Pakistan and appear in Linkagoal campaign video. These videos, along with the influencer’s goal will appear across social media platforms.

This will be a platform where people of Pakistan will unite to take an oath of how they, as individuals can make a difference. It will inspire many and many will have a story to tell after that goal has been accomplished.

‘The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.’

– Steve Jobs —

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Helping women now

Youth Plugged started a campaign of Breast Cancer Awareness in the month of October, which will be an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!

Every woman wants to know what she can do to lower her risk of breast cancer. Some of the factors associated with breast cancer — being a woman, your age, and your genetics, for example — can’t be changed. Other factors — being overweight, lack of exercise, smoking cigarettes, and eating unhealthy food — can be changed by making choices. By choosing the healthiest lifestyle options possible, you can empower yourself and make sure your breast cancer risk is as low as possible.

How can Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?

We can use this opportunity to spread the word about steps women can take to detect breast cancer early.

Here are just a few ideas:

Ask doctors and nurses to speak to women about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.

Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.

Organize an event to talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every 2 years.

How can I help spread the word?

We’ve made it easier for you to raise awareness about breast cancer. For example:

Send us informative articles about Breast Cancer or stories of patients

Tweet about Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Update your status about Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Friends all together chatting away in a dorm room at 3 am, not a single worry or a fear about the world I wonder if I grew up too fast

Friends all together chatting away in a dorm room at 3 am, not a single worry or a fear about the world

I wonder if I grew up too fast

Being nostalgic, living each second as if its your last

I wonder if I grew up too fast

Chasing after each other in the corridors, then beating up one another after getting caught, laughing their heads off at a simple joke

I wonder if I grew up too fast

Sleeping over in each other’s rooms, munching on each other’s food, watching movies till their eyes give out.

I wonder if I grew up too fast.

Dressing up to go out for lunch, taking pictures of each second, go on and preserve the moments

who knows something might make you grow up too fast.

Thinking over these past years, the struggles and the fears, the happiness and sadness, the fights and the accidents

all is past way back long, its not coming along

all that will remain are the memories, but I guess I had my own theories.

Looking back I want to relive each moment, as if every moment were its last.

I wonder if I grew up too fast.

Always hid in my shell, rushed at the call of the bell.

Concerned about never missing a class, as if I were to take care of a glass.

In the end  i lost those moments, but I am trying to make up for the moments.

But time once gone never comes back, I wish I had someone who had my back.

Going down the memory lane, things are wilder than I can tame.

Making fun of people acting stupid, I wish I too had got hit by cupid.

What’s gone is gone it never comes back, now I’m headed on with my bags all packed.

I wonder if I grew up too fast.

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I still remember how it began..

All those things happen again and again,

I still remember how it began..

Trying to play nice,

Because of the sugar and spice..

But in the end it’s going to happen,

People will pass over slappin’..

Better stop your tears,

Because everyone is all ears..

They won’t let go of a chance to let you down,

They’ll just leave you to drown..

But you’ve got to float up even stronger,

Letting go and feeling lighter..

I’ve heard what goes up must come down,

What goes around comes around..

One day you will get your share,

No matter if no one cares..

When your heart is pure and true,

There’s no need to be so blue..

Go out and soak in the sun,

Your bliss and peace is about to come..

Hang in there without any fears,

Just wipe away all those tears!!

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Do you feel what I feel?

I saw his eyes, there was a question

And then I tried to lessen the distance

His eyes asking, ‘do you feel what I feel?’

I closed my eyes and then I felt it for real

The agnony, the pain, the frustration

The tiring nights, the tension, the need for sedation

Th trying, the working hard, doing and hoping

The fear of loosing, the lost cause and smoking

I saw myself burning in the ashes

Experienced the fall from above and how life crashes

Felt the question rising in me, didn’t I work so hard?

Now I cant let anyone see, I have got pain to guard

The smiles to fake, the pride to awake

Yet from inside I know my life is at stake

The show of ‘leave me alone’, m not so weak

But with sorrow, every fibre of the muscles in my body shrieks

I felt it stabbing, the pain stabbing my heart

I looked at him, I felt so scarred

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Its just a matter of time

You can look, but you cant see

The more you go deep, the more baffled you’ll be

Its just a matter of time

My thoughts will break free

But now they’re caged deep within

Crumpled papers in a rusty bin

Burned edges, smokey seams

The threads of thoughts scream

Shredding, dripping waxy sculpture of forgotten thoughts and their

coffee odor

The aroma engulfing them, leaving traces of memories around the hem

Break it, shatter in to pieces

Still the mirror will reflect their thesis

Telling their stories and their theories

I am trying to explain but do my words make u confused instead?

Just wait till you get in to my head

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When will you stop this seduction ?

Yet you call yourself Human?
After all of this cruelty,
Where did you learn this Brutality ?


Yet you call yourself Human ?
Being drowned in your own blood,
When did you become a dark flood  ?


Yet you call yourself Human ?
Trailing girls for your lust,
Where did you gathered all this thrust ? 

Yet you call yourself Human ?
Destroyed their peace…
Who gave you the right to cease ?


Yet you call yourself Human ?
Broke their trusts for your own need,
when will you hear this heart bleed ?

Yet you call yourself Human ?
With power you moved those tides,
When will you surrender your prides ?

Yet you call yourself human ?
After all of this destruction,
When will you stop this seduction ?

Yet you call yourself human ?
Tears, screams and bloodshed you lay, 
When will TIME stop you from running away…

Yet you call yourself human ?
Yet you call yourself human… 



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