Training workshop on Human Rights and Democratic Values in Mysticism – Certificate Distribution Ceremony held at Women Media Centre

Karachi, September 08, 2015 (PPI-OT): “Sufism itself is a great force to conquer anything. Islam was spread through Sufism, which is a message of peace and tolerance, said Mr. Abdul Haleem Shaikh Director General Information Department Government of Sindh at a showcase and certificate distribution ceremony held at Women Media Centre, Pakistan for a successful course of ten days training here on Tuesday.

The training was conducted by Women Media Centre from 29th August to 7th September 2015 which was supported by National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Washington, DC USA. The theme focused on “Human Rights and Democratic Values in Mysticism”. The aim of Workshop was to promote peace, tolerance and pluralism which were combined with women empowerment in sufi mysticism.

Director General Information said that it was delight to see so much talent and confidence in women and would only suggest to be positive and tolerant at all levels of life. Speaking on the occasion, Director Press Information Muhammad Yousif Kabooro said that a lot of potential I witnessed in these young women and all have made great efforts and he would ask Director General Information to coordinate with Women Media Centre for collaboration.

“It is important to know about the sufi traditions in Sindh along with democratic and secular values attached to those traditions; the lessons should be learnt from seven heroines of sufis in displaying strength, courage and resilience. They served to be the models for democratic values”, said Dr. Ghazala Rahman Rafiq Director Sindh Abhyas Academy, SZABIST. She further compared modern feminism with women’s rights back in the days of sufi mystics.

A group of thirty female participants from various universities and media houses were trained on the theoretical and technical aspects of preparing a news package. “Pakistan is going through a news era, parliament being the supreme is still facing challenges.

Currently many question arose and if all institutions function and run state affairs according to the constitution, then we can strengthen democracy” said Ms Fozia Shaheen, Executive Director Women Media Centre . Also she gave insight of training course that values of human rights and democracy relates to Sufism in all aspects. In sessions the topics of Sufi legacy and Democratic values and sufi struggle for rights of women were discussed.

Mr. Fareed Raees said “The journalism value in Pakistan needs to be improved at all levels”. “Women are breaking stereotypes and rushing in the field of journalism which shows the development of the country, said Ms Shehar Bano. Also she talked about women are very serious towards their profession and devoted, performing their jobs honestly and therefore it is not easy to bribe them”.

WMC gained further recognition in promoting peace, tolerance and pluralism. 7 September 2015 marked the end of 10 day electronic media training course. Participants were skilled and came out confident by the end of the workshop and had a wide exposure on the subject of how women journalists can keenly report and promote parameters of promoting peace, tolerance and pluralism and more determined to pursue the field of journalism.

For more information, contact:
The Information Department
Block-95 Sindh Secretariat 4-B,
Opposite Sindh Assembly Building Karachi
Phone: +92-21-99204401, +92-21-99204423
Fax: +92-021-99202609, +92-021-99204417