Arts & Culture

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Shows Her Award Winning Documentary At United Nations

The Commission on the Status of Women is the sector of the United Nations responsible for understanding and bettering the roles of women across the globe during their two week long annual programs. This year, which marks their 60th, the commission’s efforts explored women in Pakistan, especially those effected by (or who have the threat of being effected by) honour killings. To educate the audience and contextualize honour killings within Pakistan, the commission hosted a screening of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Academy Award winning short documentary “a Girl in the River: the Price of Forgiveness”. p12519092_p_v8_aa The viewing was filled to capacity, with influential women like Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo, in attendance. After the film, which follows the story of an 18-year-old Pakistani girl who survives an attempted honour killing, a panel was held to further educate the members of the commission on honour killings. The discussion was led by Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director of Equality Now who previously worked with the UN in the Division for the Advancement of Women. The discussion used aspects of the film to stress that honour killings are a threat to a huge number of Pakistanti women, rather than a small minority. This screening is just one of many that has been occurring since Obaid Chinoy's success at the Oscars. With viewers all over the globe, most notably in Pakistan, Obaid Chinoy and "a Girl in the River" are changing the lives of women in Pakistan. By Lindsay Cooper

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