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Social Media and Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan

Datum: 2017-09-05
Tid: 15:30-17:30
Plats: Veröld - hús Vigdísar Finnbogadóttur, Reykjavík
Arrangör: RIKK
Typ: Lecture

Social Media and Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan

Imran holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamadad and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Punjab. He is also a graduate of Mehergarh’s human rights training courses. Mr. Khan has also worked with UNFPA youth assembly as a young trainer.

In his talk, Imran will ask whether social media empowers women in Pakistan and how womanhood is negotiated on social media. The talk will present some insights into daily uses of social media by women, gender-specific appropriations of technology as well as attempts of men, other women and the state to control them. The opportunities and consequences presented by social media in this context will be discussed from an activist perspective. During the talk Mr. Khan will show three short documentaries.

Imran has built an academic career around the topics of terrorism, religion and mobility with regard to women in Pakistan. He is the country director of the Seeds of Peace organization in Pakistan, engaging young people, especially girls, in interfaith, intersectional and national integration camps dedicated to peace- and trust- building as well as leadership skills.

Prior to joining Seeds of Peace in 2014, Mr. Khan worked for the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund as the Management Executive for Youth in the organization’s special initiatives unit. While at the Fund, he worked with four partner organizations focusing on local livelihoods, youth, and community institutions.

The talk will be held in English, it is open to everyone and admission is free.