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Hayley Darden

on 17 September 2009

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Transcript of Shafqat

integrity ............... learn more about Shafqat, and become a changemaker Everyone A Changemaker ............... knowledge.ashoka.org/shafqat From Poetry to Prose In college, Shafqat wrote poetry to protest discrimination in Pakistan. Now, he trains a group of journalists to write articles and exposes that further human rights. You've heard of the infamous and forbidding K2, but you may not know that Pakistan's political and economic enivronment are also foreboding. There is great poverty in Pakistan, particularly among women and children; yet, these and other vulnerable populations are not only under-served, they are unknown. Shafqat's organization, Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights, addresses this problem and creates human dignity by bringing their stories to headline news. Making the Vulnerable Known: Shafqat is pressing forward. Having trained over 1,200 journalists, this year JDHR plans to focus heavily on advocacy. They have lent substantial weight to anti-child slavery campaigns, and plan to move forward in educating Pakistanis on how to be their own media watch-dogs. They have begun sponsoring live events where journalists can interface with the government, on behalf of the people. Rather than undermining the profits of media houses or starting competing industries, Shafqat encourages journalists to devote 20% of their work to stories with social impact. Thus, he is strategically shifting the media from its focus on entertainment and reinforcing political agendas, and shaping it so that it can shape democracy. JDHR trains journalists in best practices and educates them on the plight of Pakistan's vulnerable populations. The result? A highly skilled and highly sensitized cohort of journalist activists. Strategic
Capacity Building: Research: Shafqat wanted to promote human rights through his writing, and often found himself without the quality research to write stories with journalistic credibility. JDHR has four affiliated think-tanks that provide research support to its change-making journalists. Professional Training: Through its public awareness and media sensitization programs, the JDHR strives for promotion of a culture free of religious intolerance, sectarian and ethnic divide, insecurities, injustices, economic deprivation, discrimination against women, children, minorities, farmers, consumers and other disadvantaged factions of society. The JDHR fights against illiteracy, child labor, environmental degradation, oppressive socio-cultural norms and lack of access to equal opportunities for all. The organization ensures prompt and genuine reporting on democracy and human rights issues by working journalists from across the country. Through research, training, and
strategic capacity building, JDHR
brings injustice to light. Check out some of the subject areas they cover: What's next? JDHR plans to expand its influence in policy. How? Stories...
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