UNESCO Office in Islamabad


Multi stakeholder's consultation seminar on Breast Cancer Awareness

Islamabad, 30 October 2013: UNESCO Islamabad in collaboration with UNWOMEN and United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office organized a Multi-Stakeholders Consultation on the Breast Cancer Awareness Month at
Serena Hotel, Islamabad.

A large number of participants including expert panelists from health, education, population, human rights and social activists, UN Representatives, INGOs, NGOs/CBOs, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) teachers, university teachers and medical students along with media participated in this advocacy event.

The panelists at the occasion included: Dr. Fahmida Mirza, former Speaker of the National Assembly, Yasmeen Rehman, former Special Envoy to the Prime Minister on Social Issues, Shahnaz Wazir Ali, social activist and former Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Education, Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, former Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Sania Nishter, Founder and President of Heartfile and former Minister of Education and Trainings and Ministry of Science and Technology & ICT and Dr. Nehal Masood, MD-Section Chief Hematology and Oncology at Agha Khan Hospital.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in Pakistan, about one in every ten women in Pakistan feared developing the disease during their lifetime. She said, women in Pakistan are at a formidably high risk of getting breast cancer at some point in their lives, leading to over 40,000 deaths every year. She went on to say that breast cancer is curable only if it is detected early otherwise it is fatal. Extending remarks on the theme which was Early Detection Saves Lives, she added that every woman has a right to access breast cancer screening tools that may save her life.

In her concluding remarks, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director/Representative, UNESCO Islamabad, paid rich tribute to and applauded the courage of survivors who were present in the event today. She said that this consultation will lay the foundation of a significant beginning and that the real work lies ahead of us. Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata also acknowledged expert views from the panelists along with the presence of audiences and their inputs.

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