SRINAGAR: DPS Srinagar hosted a ceremony to mark the completion of a 3800 km journey by foot undertaken by Hong Kong based activist, Shristi Bakshi. Bakshi had embarked on her journey from Kanyakumari to Kashmir to mobilise communities to make India safer for girls and women.
Aided by her team, the project ‘Crossbow Miles’ involved conducting workshops for girls, women, police, Zilla Parishads on digital and financial literacy, health, hygiene and sanitation, leadership, knowing one’s rights and gender sensitization, a handout issued here on Monday read.
A group of 50 girl students from our DPS Srinagar contributed to the cause and accompanied Bakshi for walking a distance of 2.5 km. A workshop was also held with students of class XII as part of the endeavour.
At the school, she was accorded a warm welcome by Pro Vice Chairman of the school, Vijay Dhar, Kiran Dhar, Principal Alistair R A Freese and students. Chairperson, State Commission for Women, Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor also attended a felicitation ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Bakshi provided a personalised insight into the project. After researching on the transformative power of internet in lives of Indian women, she left her lucrative job to start on the walk. She decided to blend technology and walking in an action oriented initiative to create change.
She hailed the school’s endeavours to create awareness about female emancipation: “I congratulate the school for its commitment towards creating an equitable society.” She also outlined her plans to compile a documentary on her travel, and to submit a policy paper to the President of India in this regard. The Principal expressed his delight at the opportunity to contribute to the cause, and congratulated her for her timely endeavour. In his congratulatory message, Mr. Vijay Dhar reiterated that “women need to be at the forefront of change.” He reiterated that “the school is committed not just to provide quality education, but also contribute to the evolution of an inclusive society.”