Bakshi Completed 3800 km journey by foot from Kanyakumari to Kashmir
Srinagar, May 02: A ceremony to mark the completion of a 3800 km journey by foot undertaken by Hong Kong based activist – Shristi Bakshi was held at DPS Srinagar today.
Bakshi had embarked on her journey from Kanyakumari to Kashmir to mobilize communities to make the country safer for girls and women.
Aided by her team, the project ‘Crossbow Miles’ involved conducting workshops for girls, women, police, ZillaParishads and more- on digital and financial literacy, health, hygiene and sanitation, leadership, knowing one’s rights and gender sensitization.
“A group of 50 girl students from our school contributed their steps 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 endeavor,” informed officials of the DPS, Srinagar.
At the school, she was accorded a warm welcome by Pro Vice Chairman of the school Vijay Dhar, Kiran Dhar, the Principal Alistair R.A Freese and students. A felicitation ceremony was held in the school, which was graced by Nayeema Mehjoor – Chairperson of the State Commission for Women.
Speaking on the occasion, Bakshi provided a personalized insight into the project. “Stirred into action by the news of the rape of a mother-daughter duo in India’s Bulandshahar district had disturbed her immensely, and she tried to make sense of it by speaking to family and friends,” said Bakshi.
However, they couldn’t be of much help beyond repeating that rape is a perennial problem in India. She refused to surrender to this apathy and decided to direct her power and knowledge into contributing towards a solution, added Bakshi.
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 concluded by praising 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 submit a policy paper to the President of India in this regard.
Youth President, J&K PDP and Secretary Sports Council Waheed Ur Rehman Parra Congratulated bakshi on achieving such a feat and said that youth especially girls are the change makers. He reiterated that it is the collective responsibility of ours to contribute to the evolution of an inclusive society.
A special felicitation ceremony for Srishti Bakshi for completing her 3800 km journey towards woman empowerment was held at the end. The ceremony was attended by various dignitaries including the chief guest GOC Lt. Gen A.K Bhat, Guest of honour Waheed ur Rahman Parra Secretary JKSSC. Other guests included G N Itoo, Director Education Kashmir, Dr Bedi – Secretary National Commission for Women, Nayeema Mahjoor- Chairperson Women’s Commission J & K, Syed Gulzara Masoodi, Member Women’s Commission Srinagar, Retd. Justice Jan. Besides these fifteen principals of various schools in the valley, Pro Vice Chairman Vijay Dhar, Principal DPS Srinagar Alistiar R A Freese, family members of Srishti Bakshi, and team members of Crossbow Miles were also present. (KNS)