Islamabad, February 25, 2014 (PPI-OT): Rutgers WPF. Pakistan, will announce the winners of “Competitive Media Awards” today at the award ceremony to be held in Karachi. The awards are to acknowledge the commendable efforts of Pakistani journalists in advocating various stakeholders against the harmful consequences of child marriages, particularly in Sindh. Minister Women Development Department Ms. Rubina Qaimkhani will grace the event as the Chief Guest.
In the conservative and patriarchal setting of Pakistan the media has played a vital role in bring forth the issue of child marriages and its consequences on young girls and boys. Child marriage is a common occurrence owing to poor economic conditions, prevailing customary practices, and lack of value for girls. Due to little influence in decision making, information about family planning or physical and economic autonomy, the girls are married off at young ages.
Child marriages are a direct cause for the high Maternal Mortality (MM) in Pakistan. Owing to the prevailing situation, Rutgers WPF, Pakistan under Adolescent Girl’s Empowerment (AGE) project aims to raise awareness amongst communities and advocates among policy makers for increasing the legal age of marriage for girls from 16 to 18 years in Sindh.
The ceremony will also include Launch of “Real Life Accounts of Victims of Early Marriages” complication stories of victims of early marriages. The awards are open to all journalists belonging to press, electronic and social media across the country who are playing an effective role to provide gender-balanced perspectives and are directed to submit their respective entries in either English, Urdu or Sindhi languages.
A jury comprising leading Pakistani media personnel and expert panel of Adolescent Girls Empowerment Project have evaluated the printed and electronic content of the material to make the final decision for the award.
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