ISLAMABAD: Uks has invited stories of extraordinary women involved in the informal sector who succeeded in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic in their respective fields.

According to a press release, Uks is organising a digital story competition, which will focus on themes that bring out the struggle and resilience of women during these extraordinary times.

Uks – a research and advocacy organisation focusing on women’s issues – said that Oct 30 is the deadline for the submission of stories.

The organisation will be screening the digital stories on Dec 10, International Human Rights Day.

The organisation said that there are tales of women across Pakistan braving the odds to overcome everyday crises ushered in by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Help tell extraordinary stories of extraordinary women, particularly those involved in the informal sector and win Rs10,000,” it said, adding that from safeguarding the confines of their homes to ensuring care and healthcare for all, from ensuring households keep running to keeping factories and workshops running to meet pandemic demands, from tech-based interventions to watching over mosques and markets, Pakistani women have been resolute and steadfast in their responses to the pandemic.

Uks said that interested people belonging to all walks of life could participate in the event.

They could choose more than one theme from the seven listed, which include: agent of changes, mobility, economic participation, violence against women, environment, sports and political participation.

The organizers said that participants of the event should hold interviews with five to seven women with five to seven minute long conversations and send them to Uks. Preference will be given to women working in the informal sector.

Published in Dawn, October 20th, 2020

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