Wanting to watch an interesting and short documentary? SOC Films is known to produce short animated films. The first of which has been released along with the Siyani Sahelian documentary, titled ‘Civil Society and the Role of Women‘.
This film highlights the importance of female participation in society as they actively try and fulfil their civic responsibilities. It also highlights the role of women and how they can effectively fight for their rights. Moreover, it also suggests a series of organizations and institutions that assist women in their search for a greater quality of life.
‘Civil Society and the Role of Women‘ is penned by Safyah Usmani and edited by Sourath Behan. Here are more details about the short documentary:
A collaboration of SOC Films and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA)
Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) is a public trust constantly striving to promote education as a comprehensive process for human and social transformation while SOC Films hopes to continue to implement sustainable community engagement programs to positively impact the lives of Pakistani youth.
With a similar objective of creating a better society, both have collaborated to produce the documentary, ‘Civil Society and the Role of Women‘ which focuses on girls’ education in Southern Punjab.
Check out the documentary below:
What is Siyani Sahelian?
Launched in March 2018, Siyani Sahelian is a program that aims to tackle gender inequality for disadvantaged, out of school adolescent girls (aged 9-19) in three districts of Southern Punjab – including Muzaffargarh, Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan.
To date, the program has empowered 36,000+ out of school, adolescent girls in Southern Punjab through post-primary opportunities for learning gains, TVET [Technical and Vocational Education and Training], livelihoods and life skills.
Siyani Sahelian and how they aim to empower women
Enabling 18,000+ dropped out girls in phase 1 spread over a period of twenty-five months [with promising results of 92% passing percentage from the PEC Examination 2020] and 15,000+ dropped out girls in phase 2 spread over a period of fourteen months, the Siyani Sahelian documentary highlights the program’s three strands of empowerment:
1. Remedial/Accelerated Learning:
This strand is being offered at all three district hubs and 415 partner community schools in hard to reach areas in district Bahawalpur, Muzaffargarh and Rahim Yar Khan, creating opportunities for extremely vulnerable girls to obtain education/vocational skills – such as victims of early marriage, minority groups and adolescents with minor physical disabilities.
2. Vocational Skills and Livelihoods (TVET):
These 3-month courses, certified with NAVTTC/TEVTA, aims at equipping the girls with skill sets that are in high demand in their districts and which they can monetize post-training – such as Domestic Tailoring, Machine Embroidery, Beautician, Word Press, Poultry Farming, Kitchen Gardening, Handicraft and more.
3. Life Skills Based Education and Mobile Cinema
This 60-hour program aims to equip adolescent girls with core life skills intended to create a positive change in their attitudes and prepare marginalized girls for a better tomorrow. It also raises awareness about the rights of women through mobile cinema, workshop and documentary films in partnership with SOC Films and Girls Rising.
A short review of ‘Civil Society and the Role of Women’
The 5-minute long documentary is a great way of spreading the much needed social message of female empowerment in Pakistan. The story revolves around a girl named Asghari who in a meaningful conversation with her parents educates the audience about the importance of women empowerment and ways to achieve that. Watch it here!
Kudos to Kulsum Ibrahim for such interesting animations that make the documentary entertaining to watch. The documentary highlighted significant points such as:
- Women empowerment is necessary for social and economic development but first women must recognize and acknowledge their own rights.
- Women can collaborate together and/or use the power of social media to raise their voice and stand against all evils.
- In addition, they should be well aware of the organizations that are there to help and in hour of need they should not be afraid to seek their assistance. These include Aurat Foundation, Bedari etc.
- In addition, women should take steps to become financially independent and fund their own projects. In case of being short of funds, they can microfinance and get assistance from local loan officers. Organizations that are currently working to provide loans are; Kashf foundation, and Akhuwat foundation.
‘Civil Society and the Role of Women’ is highly recommended but don’t watch it alone! Spread the word and help educate our youth for a better tommorrow!
Catch the Siyani Sahelian program below!
Zainab Mossadiq is an A level student. She has a passion for writing. She believes that through writing we are often able to convey the message we might never say and unveil a hidden side of ourselves. “Writing helps me unwind. It allows me to explore a different side of my personality and to forget what’s happening around me. I hope that through my writing I am able to bring a positive influence.”