When I was born, my mom told me ” You are blessed to born free.” A decade and a half, during our parent-child chats, she repeatedly put across through message that I was born free. Finally one day I asked her, but mom what exactly does being born free mean and she said that I had to find that out for myself and she’s going to wait my answer. After few days passed, I went to her and said I feel freedom would be choices I will make in my life. I got another parental-nod and was told with choices come responsibility.And it finally dawned that freedom, choices and responsibility meant the path I have to walk on.
No surprises there, I choose to walk down the human rights path and fight for dignity, humanity and justice. Most of the times, people had a lot of reservations about me, but soon things changed. Because to fight the unjustness and bring the change, I tried to become the change itself. Landed into the humanitarian sector with my passion, youthfulness and deep commitment.
Yeah, it’s true. I’m a Pakistani, I am a Muslim woman and yet I don’t fit the usual stereotypes people lump Islam’s followers into. As far as I remember,, I was always perplexed with the unfriendly society and cultural norms of my country. I never realized that such an experience would have a strong effect on me to use my free status on the path of justice! I have been actively involved through working in humanitarian sector as a human rights journalist, I only wish I could do much more than my actually contributions.
Being a woman and being a journalist in a developing country as Pakistan has been rough, challenging, but very rewarding. Most of my career has been spent in on-ground and in field in different situations.
I feel it’s time to reflect, summarize and publicly share my life experiences as a as a journalist.
Include variety of social issues, disasters, emergencies, conflict reporting and women rights issues. Additionally, I have been involved in several capacity building initiatives, plus certified trainer on human rights, peace-building and conflict resolution.
For my work, I extensively travel within Pakistan.
The other countries I traveled for work purposes include: India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Thailand, Iran, Syria, UAE, Jordan, Algeria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and this journey continues.
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