Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Asma Jehangir addresses pupils in her Alma Mater

Asma Jehangir, the renowned lawyer and human rights activist, is a past pupil of CJM Lahore. She took time out of her busy schedule to visit CJM on the 26th of May, 2010 on the invitation of our Principal Sr. Pilar.
She addressed the students of class 9 and class 10 regarding her role in the Women Rights movement of Pakistan. Her struggle, her companions, her will to succeed, all was discussed in great detail. She mentioned how her democratic spirit was cultivated during her years in Convent and how this background gave her the strength to become a lawyer and then a champion of human rights, especially women rights and minorities rights.

The speech inspired the students. They were spellbound by her honesty and frank observations as well as her praise for the value of tolerance propagated in CJM. Her message to the students was to have a mind of their own, and a will to voice the truth that is in their minds.

Asma had to be in the Lahore High Court and had very little time for autographs. She still managed a few and the students were thrilled. Sr Marie Cecil and Sr Pilar accompanied her as she left the lecture hall.

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