The feature documentary film about women empowerment has been released today at a private Community Centre (Kafe Kaam). This documentary film has been produced and directed by Haseeb Khawaja, Activist/ Feminist & Documentary Filmmaker. The Chief Guest of the film screening was H.E. Dr. Brigitta Blaha, Ambassador of Austria (European Union). In her speech she said, the issue of human rights and especially women empowerment is an important part of the Austrian Foreign Policy and an issue that is of particular concern to me personally. This is also true for the engagement of the European Union with Pakistan. I thank you Haseeb Khawaja for his enthusiasm for the subject and the production of the documentary on marginalized women in Pakistan. This documentary helps to remind us of one pertinent issue when talking about women empowerment: It sheds light on the fact that gender-based discrimination is not standardized, it effects every woman in a very personal and individual manner. One way – and maybe the most effective one – to achieve women empowerment is by giving these women a voice. This is exactly what this documentary sets out to do: giving marginalized women the opportunity to tell their story. It is essential, because they know best what needs to be changed. This documentary also shows us that women are not passive victims, but how they actively stand up for their rights and fight discrimination and inequality.
While Haseeb Khawaja said, the overall objective of my film is to contribute to the realization of women’s empowerment and active participation in public life. Through this documentary actually I want to give such women a tribute and sensitize our society that these women are also vital part of Pakistan and they are contributing equally like others in the progress of Pakistan. I also wanted to set a narrative that such brave women can achieve everything in spite of facing so many discriminations and their contribution is very admirable to make Pakistan great. I am facing too much criticism due to exposing such bitter realities but I don’t care at all; what I consider right I will do that; I am just following human rights agenda which is a global agenda, we could not distinguish it between eastern or western agenda.
Haseeb Khawaja himself hosted the event where diplomats from European Union, Canadian Embassy, Australia Embassy, Austria Embassy, etc as well as the top officials from Bar Councils, Universities, Media, NGOs/ iNGOs, Women Rights Alliance – Ending Violence against Women and Girls (EVAWG) Alliance Pakistan, Civil Society Members attended and appreciated the screening.