Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has recently launched the ninth short animated film as part of her Aagahi series, that describes what constitutes as sexual harassment and highlights women’s right that exist to protect victims.
According to the official press statement, “In Pakistan, the National Commission on the Status of Women found that almost 50 per cent of women interviewed from the public sector had faced sexual harassment at one time or another.”
With Aamina Sheikh on the vocals, this short film aims to inform women about what behaviors constitute sexual harassment, the multiple environments it often takes place in, and the laws that exist in order to protect victims and prosecute wrongdoers for this misconduct. The animation further informs the viewer on how to make an official complaint, and proceed if involved in an incident.
The video includes contact information for various helplines and counseling services and legal support services available to victims of sexual harassment in Pakistan.
Aagahi is a 14-episode series which aims to educate Pakistani women about their legal rights. Previous short films have covered topics like domestic violence, child marriages, acid attacks and women rights in a nikah nama.
You can watch the short film here: