Film termed Critical Tool for Social Change

The panel discussion sought to explore the way that gender norms and stereotypes can be changed and negotiated through diverse mediums, including art, music, film, sports, awareness campaigns and participatory dialogue towards a more open, equal and gender inclusive society.

The panel was joined by renowned filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Unesco Representative Patricia McPhillips, and Art Critic Nusrat Khawaja. Federal Secretary for Human Rights Rabiya Javeri Agha moderated the online discourse hosted by Ministry of Human Rights and Unesco.

The webinar concluded the "Reels for Rights" film festival that was conducted online from August 4 to 25, a collaborative initiative between the Ministry of Human Rights and the European Union. The festival sought to increase awareness and foster dialogue related to critical human rights issues in Pakistan.

It showcased several insightful films on a range of societal issues including female empowerment, education, criminal justice, transgender rights, and the prevailing human rights crisis in IIOJK.