Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Gets Awarded by British Organization ‘The People’s Portfolio’ for Contributing to Human Rights Causes Through Films

Lahore (NUT-DESK)

Two-Time Academy Award Winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has been awarded by British human rights organization The People’s Portfolio, for “inspiring leadership, [and showing] great courage and compassion for fellow human beings” through her documentaries.

The organization is founded by Platon, a lauded British portrait and documentary photographer. It aspires to create a visual language that breaks barriers, expands dignity, fights discrimination, and enlists the public to support human rights around the world.

Each year, the organization hosts a fundraiser to help with their future work and projects. The highlight of the event is always awarding a human rights defender who has shown extraordinary leadership of our time, in light of which, this year’s award is going to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy in honor of her directorial efforts in creating extraordinary movies about women’s rights in her country. Previous winners esteemed with the award have been Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege, and Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

The People’s Portfolio is holding their annual fundraiser this year on December the 8th at 6:00 PM EST (or December the 9th at 4:00 AM as per Pakistan Standard Time) where Platon will be celebrating Sharmeen and all her achievements as well as debuting a short film that he has made about Sharmeen. The fundraiser aims to generate donations to lift the voices of human rights leaders around the world and give them the resources and tools to amplify their essential stories in 2021—and beyond.