A commemorative postage stamp on the Universal Children Day – Today’s Girl Tomorrow’s Woman :
Issued by Pakistan
Issued on Oct 6, 1975
Design : The stamp is vertical in format. An abstract representation of a group of young girls clad in colourful dress forms the basic of the design. The different type of head dress of the girls depict the different roles the girl would be playing in future as grown up woman. The slogan “Today’s girl Tomorrow’s woman” appear in red against a pale background. The denomination figure ’20 P’ appears in blue colour in the top left corner of the stamp with the wording ‘postage’ below and alongside the left edge. ‘Pakistan’ in Urdu and English appear at the bottom of the stamp in blue colour.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Denomination : 20 Paisa
Colours : Magenta, Cyan, Yellow and Black
Size of Stamp : 32.5 x 44.5 m.m.
Size of Print : 29.5 x 41.5 m.m.
Perforation Gauge : 13 x 13 (c)
Quantity : 5,00,000
No. of stamp per sheet : 50 (fifty)
Process of printing : Litho Offset
Printers : The Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Ltd., Karachi
- The first Monday of October every year (this year it falls on October 6, 1975) is observed as Universal Children’s Day and festive celebrations, sports, events, parades and special events are arranged in children’s homes, orphanages, schools and hospitals. Elders arrange events to focus the attention of governments and the general public on the needs and rights of the child. To create universality of the occasion, the children’s day is being celebrated since October, 1953 in 115 countries.
- This year the International Union for Child Welfare and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have selected “Today’s Girls – Tomorrow’s Women” as the theme to women and girls in the world. This covers half the world’s population. The contribution of these women and girls is essential for the progress of the society.
- Tomorrow’s women will not be able to take full advantage of opportunities for betterment of society unless present day girls receive adequate nutrition, health care, relief from excessive drudgery, psychological encouragement and above all, access to training and education. Literacy & training are the first steps to acquiring broader education. It is a pity that the majority of the world’s 800,000,000 illiterates are females 90% of rural women and 60% urban women.
- Coinciding with International Women’s Year, the Executive Director of UNICEF, Mr. Henry Labouisse, in his recommendations to the 1975 Board while emphasizing that women constitute an important human potential force for social and economic development, has further laid emphasis upon their training and education at the village level. Pilot demonstration programme/projects will be undertaken in Africa, Arab and Asian countries, including Pakistan, in order to identify the existing deterrents to fuller participation of women in development programmes and to find ways to overcome them.
- Last year, the theme “A future for Every Child”, was adopted in consonance with World Population Year which culminated in focussing the attention of people and Governments to population problems and the needs of the individual child.
- This year the emphasis is more on girls as 1975 has been designated as the International Women’s Year. The mother is not only the care-taker of the child, but also as a human being entitled to her own rights and dignity. So UNICEF continues to look for avenues which will assist to bring women and girls into the mainstream of the development process as a corollary to improving the condition of the child.