SOC Films reveals the launch of a new campaign “AAGAHI – Apnay Mustaqbil Ki” in collaboration with the Women’s Action Forum, Karachi chapter, to commemorate International Women’s Day 2017.
What is Aagahi Abney Mustakbil Ki All about?
AAGAHI, which means awareness, aims to educate women about their rights in Pakistan.
Over the course of the next twelve months, SOC Films will release a series of videos in Urdu and other regional languages explaining and clarifying the legislations which affect women; and giving an overview of how the legal provisions granted to them may be applied. Through the series of these short informative videos, several questions often raised would be answered such as; how to file a FIR, what does the law state on instances of rape, sexual harassment, divorce and inheritance and what is the procedure for reporting issues like these and who should be approached for help.
What would these short films feature?
Here is what Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has to say about the short films?
“I have traveled the length and breadth of Pakistan, and one thing that has always struck me is that we women know very little about the rights that we have in this country. We have little understanding of the court system and how to navigate it, and we aren’t always aware of the ways we can protect ourselves. This is why SOC Films has collaborated with Women’s Action Forum and undertaken the project “AAGAHI” through a series of videos, which we aim to disseminate for free, across Pakistan, we hope to educate women about their rights and how they can assert them.”
Why Woman’s Action Forum is collaborating for this series of short films?
“Violence and abuse of women in Pakistan is a severe issue, affecting more than 50% of Pakistani women. Ensuring equality and justice for women and freedom from violence and abuse requires an effort. The first step is to increase public awareness of women’s rights as equal citizens of Pakistan. These short documentaries can achieve their human rights and play an influential role as dignified equal citizens of this country.
Pakistani top actress Amina Sheikh lent her voice for the series and narrated her opinion
She said “I found it significant and imperative for me to give my voice to the project that aims to reach those in need. I wish the team the very best and hope that ‘AAGAHI’ reaches all those in need and they can use the voices to their advantage for the betterment of their lives.”
Issues the SOC films would cover through their series Aagahi
The short films cover several different issues, including but not limited to ‘Marriage & Family’ [forced marriage, divorce rights of women, rights to inheritance and domestic violence]; ‘Protection from Crimes’ [procedural rights: how to file an FIR, honour crimes, rape, sexual harassment, acid crimes and cyber-crimes] and ‘Rights at the Workplace’ [sexual harassment at workplaces and working women and their rights].