1. HERstory: As A Child My Opinions Were Valued. That Changed Everything


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    Farhat Parveen set up NOW communities to work towards de-weaponization. Her story began with an unusual childhood and spiritual experiences that contributed towards her work for women's rights and the labor movement. Parveen talks about being raised in a shia family, listening to the history of Shia Islam in a ritual gathering (majlis) amongst the Shia Muslims and how that formed her perception of questioning authority. Who were Fahmida Allahbuksh, Samia Sarwar, or Saima Waheed and why they were significant women in Pakistani history? What happened in Lahore in 1983? Why are women burning dupattas in that historical photograph of WAF members, and what exactly is WAF? Are there no empowering women in Pakistan other than Asma Jahangir or Mukhtar Mai? These are the questions that Pakistanis, especially young people need to be asking themselves, and people around them. But that’s what the problem is, they don’t, and they are unaware of the feminist legacy of South Asia. Even before the Partition of India into two separate countries, women in United India regardless of religious beliefs, played an active role in fighting for their rights. We read brief paragraphs in Pakistan Studies textbooks about “the role of Muslim women in creation of Pakistan” but that seems like a distant memory that consists only of Fatima Jinnah, Begum Raana Liaquat, and the mother of the Johar brothers during the Khilafat movement. Just like these textbooks don’t portray actual history accurately, similarly they portray no picture of the women’s movement in Pakistan. Young Pakistani feminists are embracing The Second Sex, A Room of One’s Own, The Yellow Wallpaper, but ask them about Fahmida Riaz’s beautiful “Chador Aur Chaar Devari” (Four Walls and a Black Veil) or the poem by Kishwar Naheed which is affectionately referred to as a women’s anthem among feminists, and you get blank stares. It is imperative that we stop taking for granting the rights we have as women, and acknowledge the struggle and sacrifice that enabled the empowerment of the modern woman. It is also just as important to acknowledge that, as the urban woman progresses, the rural woman remains disenfranchised and powerless, and that much work still needs to be done for women’s rights in Pakistan. For this reason, Bolo Bhi created The Women’s Movement Herstory Project, to interview feminists and activists who were at the forefront of the struggle, and witnessed firsthand the fight for women’s rights, and personally went through hardships for the sake of all women.

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    • B.F.A. Portfolio Submission: One Billion Rising: Stuart, FL


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      Stuart, Florida participated in the global movement to end women suffering and oppression known as 1 Billion Rising through dance, song, poetry, storytelling, and many other forms of expression. Special thanks to Olivia Ranieri for organizing and planning the event, as well as Kimberly Ballard for help. “ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a call to survivors to break the silence and release the stories of both pain and hope – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way best expresses their outrage, their need, their desire, and their joy. The path to justice begins with acknowledging and recognizing the violence – letting it be known.” -Eve Ensler

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      • Idle No More explained by Arthur Manuel


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        'Idle No More', a new indigenous movement for fundamental change in Canada, explained by the inspiring First Nations political leader Arthur Manuel.

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        • The Occupy Wall Street Movement


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          This short documentary gives an overview of the accomplishments of the movement with a focus in political activism, the arts, and the message behind the occupation. This short documentary is a video treatment to raise funds to create a feature documentary regarding the subject manner.

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          • Trailer - Left Right, Forward! - Kupŕedu levá,


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            Director Linda Jablonská delves into the world of political activism among young people. Observing members of the youth organizations for both the communist and the conservative parties, this award-winning film explores the reasons for their involvement in politics and how it influences their lives. Watch the whole film here: http://www.realeyz.tv/de/left-right-forward-kupredu-leva-kupredu-prava.html

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            • The 99 percent movement & Wall Street-On the Edge with Max Keiser-11-25-2011


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              In this edition of the show Max interviews David DeGraw from AmpedStatus.com. He talks about the 99 percent movement from which the Occupy Wall Street sprung out and comments on its aims and implications.

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              • Israeli Housing Protest- Tel Aviv Demonstration 3.9.11


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