A female Pakistani student has brought laurels to the country as her project has been recognised by World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) Contest 2011.
The project, the Voice of Youth (tVoY), established by Momal Mushtaq, a student of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), has been selected as runner-up of the WSYA 2011 in the category Create your Culture!
This is a notable success as Pakistan is a male dominated society and unfortunately facilities for students, irrespective of their gender, are not as adequate and updated as in other parts of the world.
“The WSYA selects and promotes best practice in e-Content. It demonstrates young people’s potential to create outstanding digital contents and serves as a platform for people from all UN member states to work together in the efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” reads the WSYA website.
Ms Momal Mushtaq’s tVoY, an online youth community, aims “to allow the youth belonging to different backgrounds to network, socialize and intermingle,” says Momal.
Pakistan’s The Express Tribune newspaper reports: “The youth portal tVoY, since its launch on June 26, 2010, has amassed more than 6,000 fans on Facebook; more than 200 youth from Pakistan, India, Nigeria and Philippines contribute to it, according to Mushtaq.”
It further reads: “The website has a section to electronically preserve Urdu and other regional languages for future generations and also aims to connect young Pakistanis to young people all around the world.”
The tVoY’s objectives portraying a positive image of Pakistan to the world, and lend youth a voice to express their ideas, opinions and aspirations for themselves and their community and help groom youth’s perspective by presenting many views on popular social issues, thus garnering acceptance, tolerance and broad-mindedness in them.
Ms Momal has been invited by WSYA to take part in the Winners’ Events 2011 scheduled to be held from November 10th to 13th in Graz, Austria.