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Caging beauty in body shapes!

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This world is a masquerade. A brutal and indecipherable one! Everybody around us wears a mask to disguise the actuality of their feelings. We wear band aids all over ourselves and we do so in order to hide the wounds incurred by the closest as well as to heal the scars given by the society.

But in the midst of our fast-paced lives gyrating around this masquerade, do we ever stop for a while and think about all such hearts that we have hurt and about all such deeply hidden wounds that we have incurred? It’s undeniable that such spans of self check are very rare around us because our self-accountability vanishes when it comes to accounting for the mistakes that we have committed by our behavior towards others.

Sadly, the truth is not one that needs to be said nor do we want it to be said because its resonance is a moral burden that our conscience is too feeble to tolerate. It’s hard to absorb that one of the sheerest degree of pain people undergo is neither incurred by swords nor by daggers. It is the pain that is bore into the hearts by the treatment we receive from the world. It’s drilled into our minds by the unforgiving words and cold demeanor of those who surround us. But as a result of our negligence to this pain, the world, at large, has failed to rehabilitate the most hurt of all victims, the victims of social rejection!

It will not be erroneous to call body shaming, an indispensable part of social rejection. Even if the term sounds new, its connotations are not. Body shaming occurs every single time we call someone fat with the intention of embarrassing them, every single time an overweight girl is shunned away by her peers just because of her body shape. It takes place every single time a volunteer is rejected in a modeling audition just because their physique is ‘inappropriate’ for the oh-so-standardized outfits.Even the media adds to the issue when it portrays slimness as a symbol of beauty and ushers in advertisements of numerous methods to become slimmer and ‘hence’, prettier.

Apparently, it seems just as unobjectionable as gravity but underneath the surfaced inaction of this social notion is a whirlwind of voices that want to speak up against this excruciating embarrassment but end up being drowned by the society’s powerful declaration of what’s beautiful and what’s not!
This assertion stereotypes beauty and induces specific yardsticks of beauty in the minds of people. Consequently, those who donot conform to this assumed framework of beauty are considered unworthy of appreciation and being caged beautiful.

But the most generic question provoked by this baseless value judgment is “Who gets to set these standards of beauty?”Absolutely no one should have that right, for it strongly violates the freedom of general public. However, our society has become a tunnel in which all these baseless verdicts echo all the time, shouting hard in the ears of those who do not strike others as appealing by their looks and demeaning them in numerous unimaginable ways.

Tortured by words, persecuted by embarrassing glances, oppressed by rejections and disgraced by doors of opportunities shut at their face, these victims are crippled by a battle waged within themselves. This battle prevails between who they are and who they ‘should’ be. This inner struggle fades away their motivation and aspirations. They are compelled to question their own abilities and think less of themselves. A labyrinth of self doubt, it becomes. The impacts of this stereotypical tyranny are manifested in a lot of tangible ways as well. These individuals lack self confidence which generate a vacuum in their personality building, professional life as well as academic performance. Complexes and fear of being shunned away, generates engulfs their ability of socialization and through that, paves way for isolation and introversion. All these setbacks are destined at eroding the present and future of the youngsters of our society because the mindsets of teenagers are very vulnerable to being molded by societal dictation.

Teenage girls starve themselves in order to lose body weight and in the midst of this ‘dieting’, they deprive themselves of extremely essential nutrition which then harms them physically.Such cases can perverse to become anorexia, a disease which is becoming very common in teenage girls and is a strong testimony to the brutal impacts of body shaming.

All these notions should sum up to make us realize that the flaw is not in anyone’s physique, it’s in the perspective of the people around them. Hence, judging and categorizing people based on the shape of their body is not just an ideological flaw but also a social evil that continues to secretively ruin the youth of a lot of our youngsters The need is to sensitize our morality and conscience in order to negate body shaming and to uplift all those who have been targeted by it because body shapes and weights are not meant to be despised and beauty can never be caged in how we look!!

Malyaka Imran 
Beaconhouse School System

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19 Year Old Pakistani Wins Princess Cup

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Hammad Hadi Khan wins 29th Princess Cup International Youth Tournament
Pakistan continues to dominate the world of youth scrabble! Hammad Hadi Khan wins 29th Princess Cup youth scrabble championship in Thailand. The runner up, Moiz Baig is also from Pakistan.
The three-day 29th Princess Cup Youth tournament kicked off at Bangkok, Thailand. The Princess cup is an annual event sponsored by the royal family in Thailand and is attended by the top players from all over the world.

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Muniba Mazari wins Karic Award in Serbia

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The most beautiful lady on the wheel who inspires millions around the World.

If you feel demotivated & depress & now you can’t do anything, you are helpless then you must Google one name; The great Muniba Mazari. The biggest example of positive attitude, passion for life, passion for work and strongest will power. The greatest example of courage & will power that can even beat death & any disability!

Muniba Mazari wins Karica Brother Award. The Karic Brothers Award has been established as a result of a firm belief in the inexhaustible capacity of intellect and value, primarily of our own people. Its purpose is to stimulate and motivate all those who create and produce value that will result in more pleasant living conditions. On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the BK Company, the Karic family and the Karic Foundation introduced the Karic Brothers Award. It is presented for the highest achievements in the following categories: culture and arts, scientific research work, publishing and journalism, economy and commerce, humanitarian activity in support of peace, cooperation and amity amongst people. The award is presented annually. Individuals, organisations and institutions all have the right to propose a candidate. The proposal should be submitted in written form to the Karic Foundation. The Executive Board decides on the laureates. A team of experts proposes to the Board three candidates in each category of whom one is subsequently chosen. The award was originally presented in 1998 and the names of its winners best attest to the justified ambition of becoming, with time, the Serbian equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

“Thank you very much Karić Foundation for acknowledging the efforts and for giving this huge honour! While I am nothing without the support of my mother, family and friends I’ll dedicate this award to all the people of the world who suffer discrimination of any sort. To all the people who are made to believe they are lesser of a human. Let’s hope for a tomorrow free of discrimination be it gender, racial, religious or against people with physical or mental challenges. Let’s be there for one another, let’s embrace everyone the way they are. In the end, a little more kindness and a little less judgment is all we need to make this world a better place to live. So let’s be kind and be human!” 
-Muniba Mazari

Written by Rohayl Varind

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5 year old Child from Pakistan wins Global Award

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5 year old Child from Peshawar, Pakistan wins global award.

A local boy Essa Zaheer who is five-year old made Pakistan proud when his two-minute film won first prize in the “Peace in the Street Global Film Festival (PSGFF)” at the United Nations headquarters.

The short film by Essa Zaheer, “I will be your Spiderman,” stood first among the 320 movies made by young.

The film shows how a kid becomes Spiderman and spends all his savings to buy uniform and books for a young girl working in his house as a maid.

Essa Zaheer was presented with the prize in the United Nations Headquarters in New York while his family accompanying him was given tour of the UN offices and the United States State Department. 

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Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for International Student 2018/2019

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Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

Eligible Regions: Open For All

Types of scholarship

Research Scholarship – Available to post-graduate researchers in any discipline (who hold a master’s degree as a minimum) who are planning to come to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at doctoral or post-doctoral level.

Research scholarships are awarded for research or study at all Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and the two federal institutes of technology. Only candidates nominated by an academic mentor at one of these higher education institutions will be considered.

Art Scholarships – Open to art students wishing to pursue an initial master’s degree in Switzerland.
Art scholarships are awarded for study at any Swiss conservatory or university of the arts. This scholarship is available to students from a limited number of countries only.

Benefits of Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for International Student 2018/2019 

The scholarship covers a monthly payment, exemption of tuition fees, health insurance, air fare, housing allowance, etc., as applicable. Please refer to the country-specific fact sheets for exact scholarship benefits.

Eligibilities

Please refer to the country-specific fact sheets for general and specific eligibility criteria.

The FCS assesses scholarship applications according to three criteria:

a) Candidate profile
b) Quality of the research project or artistic work
c) Synergies and potential for future research cooperation

Location: Switzerland

Application Deadline: September-December 2017

Official Link to Apply for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for International Student 2018/2019 

https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/sbfi/en/home/bildung/scholarships-and-grants/swiss-government-excellence-scholarships-for-foreign-scholars-an.html#2146630976

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One Young World Summit 2017- Leading Pakistan Award (Fully Funded)

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One Young World has launched a global ‘Local Organising Committee’ model. Known as NYLOCs ( ‘National Young Leaders Organising Committees’)

The One Young World NYLOC for Pakistan is chaired by Naila Mir. Naila has 16 years experience centered around sustainable business, corporate social responsibility, employee engagement, partnerships, and strategic communications. She recently established her own not-for-profit network, P3 Collective, to help young people achieve their purpose and collectively make an impact. Naila is a passionate champion of young leaders and is working hard to support bright young talent from Pakistan to participate in the upcoming One Young World Summit in Bogotá.

One Young World’s newly established Local Organising Committee for Pakistan is proud to announce one Delegate scholarship place for an impactful young leader from Pakistan to attend the One Young World Summit 2017 in Bogotá, 4-7 October.

What does the scholarship include?

  1. Access to the One Young World Summit 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia
  2. Hotel accommodation on a shared basis between 4 October and 7 October
  3. Catering which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  4. Transport between the Summit accommodation and the Summit venues
  5. Summit hand-outs and support materials.
  6. The cost of travel to and from Bogotá.
  7. Post-Summit, all ‘Delegates’ become lifetime members of the One Young World Ambassador network which spans 196 countries with over 8,000 members.

Who can apply?

In order to apply you must: 

  1. Aged 18 – 30
  2. A national of Pakistan

Candidates must demonstrate:

  • Evidence of commitment to creating positive change in Pakistan. This commitment can come in many forms; ranging from a high level of involvement in community initiatives to social entrepreneurship or from leading responsible business practices to public service
  • Leadership ability and examples
  • Concern and knowledge of local and related global issues must be evident
  • Ability to generate, articulate and achieve impactful ideas
  • Teamwork

Location: Bogotá, Colombia

Application Deadline: August 18th 2017

Official Link to Apply for One Young World Summit 2017- Leading Pakistan Award 

https://www.oneyoungworld.com/leading-pakistan-award-0

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Fellowship to COP 23 in Bonn, Germany (Fully Funded)

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Climate Tracker is launching its COP23 opportunity, and it is stacked with opportunities and prizes for Trackers from everywhere in the world!

If you want to be part of this incredible transition, it’s time to raise your voice, and join their opportunity for a Fully Funded trip to COP23, in Germany in November.

With the signing of the Paris Agreement almost two years behind them, it is time to step up their game. The Renewable Energy Transition is unstoppable! Even if Trump wants to pull out of the Paris Agreement, now he wants Solar Panels on Border Wall.

Around the world, Renewable energy is driving bigger changes than we have seen in generations, and the pressure is on for countries to take their transitions even further. 

Benefits

  • Fully funded fellowship (including accommodations, travel, allowance)
  • Join the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 23rd conference of parties

Am I eligible to apply?

Participants from all countries between the ages of 18 and 30 years old are eligible.

They do have one special set of Countries, and they will definitely select at least one person from the following Countries:

Indonesia | The Philippines | India | Ethiopia | Nigeria | Egypt | Bangladesh | Peru | Pakistan | Turkey

But they have 4 other spots available for anyone in the world!

They encourage young writers from around the world (like yourself) to help us write inspiring stories and to publish them in media, and we will reward five of you with a spot to COP 23 in Germany!

Publish 3 articles on the topics of:

  1. Renewable Energy,
  2. Climate Finance,
  3. and Climate and Health.
Deadline: September 30, 2017

Official Link to Apply for Fellowship to COP 23 in Bonn, Germany (Fully Funded)

http://app.climatetracker.org/competition/52aa87a3-3ed2-4392-8c50-e5473a9b36a2/information

Deadline: September 30, 2017

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The TED 2018 Fellowship program (Fully Funded)

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The TED 2018 Fellowship program (Fully Funded)

The TED Fellows program opens applications to find a new class of extraordinary thinkers and doers. The TED Fellowship program has the ability to slingshot your career forward. As a Fellow, you will be introduced into a powerful network of innovators that can be future collaborators.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

Benefits

  • Once applicant are selected as a TED Fellow, then organizer will cover applicant flights (or equivalent) to and from the TED conference, any visa that may need, room, board + food while at the conference, and a conference pass.
  • TED will provide a formal letter of invitation that should be sufficient for most countries’ visa applications.
  • Your formal letter of invitation can also be used to document the trip if applicant are a student studying in another country. TED do cover visa application fees.
  • Fellows have access to personal mentorship opportunities

Eligibilities Requirement:

  • Applicants of ages 21-40 and anyone over age 18 is welcome to apply.
  • After get selected as ted fellow, applicant will be required to block off a total of eight consecutive days (April 21 – 28, 2018 in order to be a TED Fellow)
  • English proficiency is required.

Deadline: September 10, 2017

Official Link to Apply for TED 2018 Fellowship program (Fully Funded)

https://www.ted.com/participate/ted-fellows-program/apply-to-be-a-ted-fellow

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Heartbroken bride throws feast for the homeless after wedding called off

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A woman who called off her $30,000 wedding has invited homeless people to come and eat the food prepared for the reception.

Sarah Cummins, 25, broke off her wedding, then realised that her sit-down reception dinner for 170 at the Ritz Charles was non-refundable.

Feeling “really sick” about throwing away the food she had ordered for the reception, she began contacting local homeless shelters and has invited people to come along.

“We’re doing all the same stuff, just arranging the tables differently, so there’s no head table for the bridal party, no cake table or gift table,” Cummins told Media.

Purdue University pharmacy student Sarah Cummins, 25, has spent the past few years planning her dream wedding. She’s spent years saving and working overtime to pay for the $30,000 extravaganza.

Cummins arranged for two buses to pick up about 170 residents and their families.

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