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BBC Interview: Standing Up To Bullying

Hear our Founder, Zainab Chughtai’s recent interview with Lauren Paul on the BBC’s The Conversation:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047k2w5

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Battling Body-Shaming

Last month, our Founder, Zainab Chughtai, initiated her second therapy-based session on Battling Body-Shaming at Books n’ Beans in Lahore.

Attended by a wonderful group of students and professionals, the group spoke about their experiences and struggles of dealing with body-shaming and how it has affected them on a deep, personal level.

Photo: Sonya Rehman

Photo: Sonya Rehman

BullyProof aspires to continue more such sessions in the months to come to help, assist and provide a safe, non-judgmental space for those who have been victimized and disregarded in their personal and professional lives.

#SayNoToBodyShaming

BullyProof visits LGS Paragon City!

The BullyProof team carried out an amazing session at LGS, Paragon City, this morning. The audience consisted of the loveliest sixth graders who stole our hearts. Nothing is more rewarding than talking to warm, receptive children who resonate with the message of kindness. To many more like this in the future. Shout outs to Danish Khwaja, Qasim Abbas and Omar Toseef for being amazing speakers!

Photo:  Anam Awan

Photo: Anam Awan

Photo:  Anam Awan

Photo: Anam Awan

Photo:  Anam Awan

Photo: Anam Awan

Photo:  Anam Awan

Photo: Anam Awan

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In Conversation with the Founder of BullyProof

Having wrapped up 9 sessions at an all-girls branch at Lahore Grammar School (LGS) in the city, this year, we sat down with the Founder of BullyProof, Zainab Chughtai, and spoke to her about the sessions and her experiences!

Zainab, you recently wrapped up 9 BullyProof sessions and workshops at an LGS branch all through November and early December – what was your experience like?

I can safely say it was one of the most gratifying and emotionally taxing experiences of my life! When we went in for those sessions I don’t think either of us was ready for the onslaught of honesty and raw emotions. I know I cried during every single one of them, when those little ones came forward during the confession sessions, when we saw class fellows crying for their fellow students because they realized just how hurt and isolated some of them had been all along, and the most important thing was this hunger for affection and love amongst these kids which broke my heart to be honest. So over nine sessions, with girls ranging from the ages of 6 to 13, I feel like we have experienced hundreds of stories that had no voice earlier, and narratives that didn’t have a happy ending, which I hope we helped facilitate to one. Every session for me was a lesson in self-reflection, a throwback in time, to how I wish I had done things differently and how I will do things differently in the future, learning from these children as to just how important it is to be kind.

Zainab Chughtai

Zainab Chughtai

What was the response like; from both the students and the faculty? Would you like to share some heartwarming experiences?

When we started talking to the children about definitions, about blurred lines when it comes to teasing and hurting someone, I think we opened up their eyes to what was happening all around them. Not only the children, but the teachers as well.

One of our first sessions was with the teachers from an LGS junior school – they were wonderful- super interactive and asking the right questions, sharing hair-raising anecdotes that furthered the message we were passing on. I believe after a session with grade 4, we had one of their young teachers come up to us and told us that what she took away from the session was a life lesson unto itself, how it has made her feel more in control of her choices, how she is passing that strength down to her young son who is bullied and she is raising as a single mother. But the hope in her eyes and voice and her gratitude was inspirational. I was floored by the sentiment. We never thought it would be this big, that it would hit home the way it did. But I think my favourite session was with the 8th grade. Those girls were something else, so warm-hearted and affectionate and in tune with what was happening to their peers. My favourite exercise with them was when we asked them to say something nice about a class fellow that usually sat alone or didn’t mingle much with her peers, and soon enough there was this flood of compliments, and the girls that they were directed to were overwhelmed and broke down, and seeing them cry made the rest of the little ones break down too. It was emotional! And I realized just how in need of guidance and affection they all were. That session ended in tears and group hugs and vows to be better people. I still can’t stop thinking about it. I can only hope for more like that.

BullyProof Meets the 6th and 8th Graders at Lahore Grammar School (LGS)!

Zainab Chughtai of BullyProof led two in-depth sessions with the 6th and 8th graders at an LGS girls branch on the 27th of November, 2014.

The sessions were followed up by an interactive Q&A session and a confession session with the children. Below are a few images from BullyProof‘s FIFTH and SIXTH workshops this month!

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BullyProof Meets the 5th Graders at Lahore Grammar School (LGS)!

Zainab Chughtai of BullyProof led an in-depth session with the 5th graders at an LGS girls branch on the 25th of November, 2014.

The session was followed up by an interactive Q&A session and a confession session with the children. Below are a few images from BullyProof‘s FOURTH workshop this month!

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BullyProof Meets the 4th Graders at Lahore Grammar School (LGS)!

Zainab Chughtai of BullyProof led an in-depth session with the 4th graders at an LGS girls branch on the 21st of November, 2014.

The session was followed up by an interactive Q&A session and a confession session with the children. Below are a few images from BullyProof‘s THIRD workshop this month!

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