Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy receives award from British human rights organisation

Sharmeen Obaid

Pakistani-Canadian journalist, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, two-time Academy Award champion, has been granted by British human rights organization The People’s Portfolio for “inspiring leadership, great courage, and compassion for fellow human beings” via her documentaries.

The organization is initiated by Platon, an extolled British portrait and documentary photographer. It aims for the creation of a visual language that halts obstacles, enlarges dignity, fights discernment, and recruits the community to aid human rights across the world.

On yearly basis, the organization organizes a fundraiser to aid with their coming work and plans and the climax of the event is a human rights protector being presented for viewing extraordinary leadership. Obaid-Chinoy is getting this year’s award for her managerial determinations in producing extraordinary movies regarding women’s rights in Pakistan.

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The previous winners of the award comprised Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Denis Mukwege and Lonnie G. Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

Moreover, The People’s Portfolio is conducting their annual fundraiser this year on December 8 at 6 pm in which Platon will be rejoicing Obaid-Chinoy and her attainments along with debuting a short film that he has made on her. The aim of the fundraiser is to make contributions to lift the voices of human rights leaders across the world and offer them the capital and tools to increase their vital stories in 2021and beyond.

Furthermore, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s SOC Films, in association with The Legal Aid Society (LAS) and National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), has hurled its newest animation series Inheritance Rights of Women According to Pakistani Law along with the release of the first short film Inheritance Laws.

“It is alarming how many women are blatantly denied their inheritance, their dower, and marital property, their share in their families’ agricultural income, the right to rent property on fair terms and whilst independent of any male family members, or even a place in their families NADRA records,” said Palvasha Shahab, adviser for the LAS.

“We hope that this initiative will allow us to create awareness and make these issues part of the mainstream public discourse. We hope that these videos and the programming around them will encourage, not only women but all family members to seek out more information and eventually become change-makers.”

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