PRC sends first consignment of relief goods for Syrian refugees


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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

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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.

 

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First Lady of Turkey donates electric wheel chairs, incubators to PRC for deserving people

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First Lady of Turkey Ms Emine Erdogan talks to a disabled lady during electric wheelchairs distribution ceremony at PRC NHQ. PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi and others are also present on the occasion.

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ISLAMABAD: The First Lady of Turkey Ms Emine Erdogan on Thursday gifted 20 electric wheel chairs and 10 incubators to Pakistan Red Crescent which were distributed by her among the deserving people during a ceremony at PRC National Headquarters here.

Addressing the ceremony, First Lady of Turkey said that she is very thankful for the love and sentiments of Pakistani people for their Turkish brethren.  She said that Pakistan, Turkey have strong relations and with the passage of time these relations will be further strengthened. She lauded the humanitarian efforts of PRC, TRC and their joint collaboration in mitigating the suffering of the vulnerable. She said that the wheelchairs and incubators donated by TIKA, a Turkish Relief Agency is an effort to support our Pakistani brethrens who deserves to be care and look after.

The first lady said that she salutes the courage of the disabled men, women and children who never let these fears to overpower them and they deserve our special attention so that they can play a positive role in the society.

Speaking at the occasion, PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi said that It is a great a pleasure for him and his entire team to welcome The First Lady of Turkey and scintillating and enviable history and bond between people of Pakistan and Turkey dates back to many centuries. “During disasters or any emergency in our country, Turkish people have always responded and reciprocated with fervor and zeal.

Dr Elahi said that in 2005, when Pakistan was hit by the devastating earthquake, it was Turkey’s Prime Minister who reciprocated the same gesture and reached Pakistan with relief goods and teams.The volunteers of Pakistan Red Crescent along with the teams of Turkish Red Crescent were able to reach far flung areas including snow clad mountainous areas and same sentiments and brotherhood was also seen during the 2010 super floods relief and recovery operations.

Saeed Elahi said that  The Disaster Management and Logistic Center, largest in Asia was built by TRC is an exemplary display of long lasting friendship and relation grown stronger over years, which was inaugurated by none other than Mrs. Erdogan herself in 2009. He expressed his delight and profound gratitude to The First Lady for donating electric wheelchairs and incubators among the disabled.

He also thanked to Tikka for their support that would help in mitigating the suffering of the vulnerable.

In the welcome address, PRC General Secretary Ghulam Muhammad Awan said that Pakistan and Turkey enjoy a friendship which has lasted for decades. This friendship has been tried and tested many times. Both nations have been together to support each other when disaster has struck either countries. He said that Pakistan Red Crescent and the Turkish Red Crescent have been together in the toughest situation caused by natural disasters and the needs of social development, where both our organizations have stood shoulder to shoulder. We have always moved forward to achieve our goals and targets.

At the end of event, Dr. Saeed Elahi presented shield and gift to The First Lady while the First Lady distributed the wheelchairs among the disabled persons and personally went to each disabled and communicated with them.

Women empowerment key to prosperous society, says First Lady Begum Mamnoon Hussain

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Awards medal to Red Crescent Football Championship winners, distributes wheelchairs among special women

ISLAMABAD: First Lady Begum Mamnoon Hussain said that participation of girls in sports activities is key to a healthier society and stress the needs for more participation for women empowerment and a prosperous society.

The First Lady said this while addressing a function in connection with International Girl Child Day at President House organized by Pakistan Red Crescent Women Forum.

The first lady lauded the services of the women in different fields of life and bringing laurels for the country. She assured her full support to Red Crescent Women Forum in its activities aim at women empowerment.

The First lady also appreciated the efforts of the women who were the worst victims of EQ 2005 but fought with courage and never let these fears to overpower them. She said that these women deserve special attention so that they can play a positive role in the society.

 

PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi on the occasion said that this year the PRC Women Forum in connection with International Girl Child Day organised a Girls Football Tournament to catch the spirit of sportsmen ship and provide them an opportunity to display their potential. 

He said the Pakistan Red Crescent Women’s Forum will address the specific experiences of Pakistani women and girls in times of  disaster (whether natural or human induced), such as distinct healthcare 
needs in emergencies, or vulnerabilities due to early warnings could not be able to reach women while they are at home.

Former Pakistani Women Football Captain Sana Mehmood and Amber Rasheed also spoke on the occasion.

Later, the First Lady distributed shields among women participants besides distribution of wheelchairs among disabled women. The ceremony was attended by representatives of International and national NGOs, students and female volunteers of the PRC.

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