UN and Canada honour teenage Pakistani award winner

On the eve of Human Rights Day 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and the High Commission of Canada recognized Eiza Abid, a 15-year-old Pakistani girl from Lahore, who won the international “Celebrating Freedom” poster competition.

In 2015, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva launched a competition in several countries to encourage school-age children to create posters on the theme of freedom. Primary (ages 5-11) and secondary (ages 12-18) students from across Pakistan submitted more than 60 entries. These posters were exhibited at the High Commission of Canada and the UNIC office in Islamabad.

Pakistan’s Eiza Abid won the “Celebrating Freedom” competition in the 12-18 age group. Her artwork uses both dark tones and bright colours to represent freedom of thought. In recognition of her success, she was formally presented with a certificate signed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a ceremony at the High Commission of Canada in Islamabad. Students and teachers from local schools were also present on the occasion.