2:00-3:30 p.m. (GMT+8), presentation and Q&A. Live video broadcast on Facebook.
4:00-4:45 p.m., screening of the documentary film, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, ADB's Gender Equity Thematic Group and the Office of the General Counsel present a Distinguished Gender Equality Leader: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
Throughout her career, award-winning Pakistani journalist, filmmaker, and activist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has amplified the voices of marginalized communities, particularly those of women. She is known for her films that highlight gender inequality and violence against women. Through her work, she has lobbied governments to change laws, challenged people to change the way they think, and has helped spark difficult conversations in society. In her Distinguished Gender Equality Leader talk at ADB, she will focus on her advocacy to end violence against women in Pakistan.
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Academy Award winner of Best Documentary Short, 2016 A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness is a 2015 documentary film about honor killings in Pakistan, following the life of an 18-year-old survivor. The documentary was well received by critics and earned widespread critical acclaim. A Girl in the River was shortlisted with ten other documentaries from 74 entries submitted to 88th Academy Awards in Documentary Short Subject category which it won.
ADB staff and consultants; partner organizations; general public
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a two-time Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. In the past 16 years, she has made a dozen multi-award winning films in over 10 countries around the world. Her films include Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Song of Lahore, Saving Face, Peace Keepers, Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret and Pakistan’s Taliban Generation. Her work has aired on channels spanning four continents including, HBO, CNN, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, Arte, SBS and the Discovery channel. In 2012, Time Magazine included Sharmeen in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year the Pakistan Government awarded her with highest civil honor “Hilal-e-Imtiaz.” In 2013, the Canadian government awarded her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at their annual summit in Davos.
In 2017, Sharmeen was the first artist ever to co-chair the “World Economic Forum” at Davos. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Sharmeen received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and two masters’ degrees from Stanford University.Stay up to date Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest issues, news, events, jobs and data in your e-mail inbox.