Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Brings Aagahi For The Women Of Pakistan

Having accumulated an infinite fame for her commendable storytelling in various documentaries, the powerhouse of talent, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy went on to garner two prestigious Academy awards for her documentaries entitled, ‘Saving Face’ (2012) and ‘A Girl In The River’ (2016) respectively. She has also won 7 Emmy awards.

Not only does she make documentaries reiterating about the social issues and injustices in Pakistan, but she is also an advocate of gender equality in the country and provides a voice to the people who are not heard.

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SOC Films is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Aagahi’ – a public service campaign aimed at educating women about their legal rights in Pakistan. Over the course of the next seven months we will release a series of short animated films in Urdu and other regional languages explaining and clarifying the legislations which affect women. Our first film (see bio for link) highlights the crimes and procedure to register an official FIR with the local police department in Pakistan. We are also extremely grateful that Aamina Sheikh has lent her voice for the campaign, and we will be sharing all our films and materials free of cost with all media outlets for dissemination across the country. VO Artist: Aamina Sheikh Art Director : Kulsum Ebrahim Lead Illustrator: Kulsum Ebrahim Illustrator: Nasir Ansari Associate Producer: Maheen Jam Story & Research: Sualeha Qureshi, Hani Taha Sound Recording: Wasif Arshad Sound Design: Sameer Khan Logo design: Noor Euseph #aagahi #knowyourrights #womensrights #citizensrights #pakistan #fir #khatoon #waf #SOCFilms #socfilmsanimation #2Danimation #infographics #breakthesilence #tothegirls #yesallwomen #pakistaniat #urduposts #animateforpakistan #animateforchange #humanity #storiesthatmatter

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The director has recently initiated a new animated short series entitled, Aagahi, which aims to inform and educate the women of Pakistan about their rights. She has posted a video a few days back that projected ” How to Register an FIR.” The video is a step to step explanation of getting a First Information Report (FIR) lodged.

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The video goes on to ponder on the crimes that do not need a prior warrant to arrest the culprit. These crimes include murder, rape, robbery, abduction, domestic violence, and acid throwing. The video proceeds to depict the total procedure of an FIR lodging.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has just released the second episode of Aagahi today and it delineates domestic violence and how to identify different types of abuses such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse, and even economic abuse.

The video sheds light on the fact that a woman is domestically abused behind closed doors. We normally don’t come to know about these sort of crimes but that doesn’t mean that they’re not happening. The video goes on to tell about the different versions of domestic abuses.

Another video has just released and it speaks at length about the ways to a woman can protect herself from an abuser, be it her husband or even a blood relative. The video exhibits a few steps including the filing of an FIR, seeking a protection order, visiting a medico-legal center at a hospital, or seeking refuge at a shelter if needed.

Aagahi is a public service campaign by Sharmeen’s SOC films produced to inform women in Pakistan about their legal rights. It is a seven month 2-3 minutes short stories project that will clarify legislation and explain how these provisions may be applied.

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Syed Omer Nadeem

Masters in Journalism.

An avid reader, food enthusiast, and a writer, by passion.

Currently working at ARY Digital as a Lifestyle Editor

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