Daughters of Chitral Win Peace Award in New Delhi, India
Chitral Times Report
New Delhi Aliya Harir (Convener of Aaghaz-e-Dosti) and Suraya Islam
(Karachi) were felicitated with an award by Digital Empowerment
Foundation (DEF), India at the 3rd Social Media for Empowerment
Awards & Summit. Aaghaz-e-Dosti project was shortlisted as finalist
for the summit. Both the girls headed to New Delhi and presented
their project at the summit among 60 other shortlisted projects.
DEF India received more than 266 entries this year. Hence emerging
as one of the finalists is no mean feat.
By the end of the day, when winners were announced Aaghaz-e-Dosti
was winner in the category of Advocacy, Communication and
Development Activism. The award was supported by Friedrich Naumann
Stiftung, New Delhi.
expressing her happiness says that "the award is a testament to the
mutual desires of peace and friendship that rest in the hearts of
the common people on both sides of the border. Peace is a very
underestimated field in both the countries. Since Aaghaz-e-Dosti is
a women led initiative, the award also highlights the role of
women, from rural areas like Chitral, as peacebuilders, not only as
custodians of traditions, customs and values."
Suraya was of the view that " A lasting peace between India and
Pakistan is long overdue and crucial, the award is an encouragement
for us to work harder. It is a motivation for our friends from
Chitral to join us in the endeavors. Chitrali women are capable of
bringing change by transcending borders."
Aliya and Suraya have dedicated this award to everyone who supports
indopak peace. "It is a victory for Chitral and the whole of
Pakistan." they said.
Aliya Harir and Suraya Islam belong to the mountainous region of
Chitral. Chitrali women are known for their dedication, hard work,
and contributions in different spheres of life. Aliya and Suraya
touch the cuticles of the most difficult of relation. They are
working to build peace and friendship between the people of India
and Pakistan. They run an online as well as ground initiative named
Aaghaz-e-Dosti that seeks to enhance people-to-people relations
between India and Pakistan. It seeks to become the medium to
discover and recognize the misrepresented reality on the other side
of the border.
Aliya, 24 and Suraya, 23 have been utilizing social media space as
a bridge of knowledge to enhance p2p communication, and to advocate
for Indo-Pak peace and friendship. Through the usage of social
media, they have been able to connect thousands of Indians and
Pakistanis, facilitate sharing of knowledge, views and facilitate
to develop a bond, a memory and a hope for peace and progress from
the last three years.