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Swat girl won third prize in international essay contest

By Fazal Khaliq

MINGORA: Sanam Bukhari a 22-year old girl from Swat who got third position in the 2018 International Essay Contest for Young People in the youth category said she was excited to get position in more than 21,000 youth in the world.

A student of BS Islamic Studies in the government Afzal Khan Lala postgraduate college in Matta, she participated in the in the competition by writing an essay “I want to Live My Life”. The theme for the 2018 International Essay was “The Change I want to Make” in which 21, 705 young people from the educational institutes of 162 countries took part from across the globe.  The essay competition was organized by Goi Peace Foundation Forum, Japan.

She said that through her essay, she tried to convince people about importance of woman and her role in the society.

“In our society woman is considered inferior to man and this is why parents become sad on the birth of a girl but get excited on the birth of a male child. I feel the discrimination with women in our society and through the essay I wanted to express my feelings and I did successfully,” she told MP.

She said that she tried to convince the male dominated society to treat woman and man equally and they should not consider their daughters and sisters a burden. “Women can deliver better than men if parents provide them equal opportunities of education and work,” she said.

She said that she had passion for education and wanted to receive higher education and become a teacher so that she could spread education in the society. “Today, women education is insensible in our society and only those nations can join the track of development and civilizations which give equal opportunities to women and men,” she said.

She said that getting education in the conservative society was not an easy task as she faced multiple problems and harassment from men while going to school but nothing changed her mind and she managed to get education.

Sanam Bukhari belongs to a poor family whose father is a driver but provides equal opportunities to his daughters and sons.

“I am poor but I understand the importance of women education and this is why I let my all daughters get education and pursue their dreams. I am excited that Sanam made me proud by getting third position in the international competition,” said Jabir Bukhari father of Sanam Bukhari.

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