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|Alma mater||Brown University, Harvard University|
|Occupation||Journalist, Artist, Filmmaker|
|Employer||Aman ki Asha|
|Home town||Karachi, Pakistan|
Beena Sarwar is a journalist, artist and filmmaker from Pakistan focusing on human rights, gender, media and peace. She is currently the Pakistan Editor of the Aman ki Asha (Hope for Peace) initiative, that aims to develop peace between the countries of India and Pakistan. The initiative is jointly sponsored by the Jang group in Pakistan and the Times of India across the border.
Education and career
Prior to her current position, Beena has worked as an Assistant Editor at The Star, as Features Editor at The Frontier Post, and was the founding Editor of The News on Sunday in 1993. She has also produced television shows for Geo TV and served as Op-ed Editor for The News. She holds a BA degree in Art and Literature from Brown University, an MA degree in TV documentary from Goldsmiths College, London and was a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University in 2007. She also writes a popular monthly column titled 'Personal Political' which is published by Hard News, in India.
In 1998, Sarwar created an informal newsletter on personal and political issues. In 2002, Sarwar started a Yahoo! group, beena-issues. Sarwar has a personal blog, "Journeys to Democracy," which she started in 2009. She was named Teabreak.pk's Featured Blogger in March 2010. Her blog has also been named "Best Blog From a Journalist" at the Pakistan Blog Awards in 2011. Her use of social media was to share articles, reports and comments, along with her own articles, with her friends and colleagues.
Sarwar was the director/producer in the following selected documentaries:
- Naheed: A Portrait, (2001) Dir./Prod, Goldsmiths College (University of London)
- Naheed’s Story, (2001) Dir./Prod, Goldsmiths College (University of London)
- Karachi Diary, (2001) Dir., VPRO (Dutch Television), Netherlands
- Forced Marriage, (2003) Dir., Geo TV Pakistan
- From Pakistan, with Love: Saneeya Hussain (1954-2005), (2005) Dir., Geo TV Pakistan, Women Broadcasting for Change series, London
- Mukhtiar Mai: The Struggle for Justice, (2006) Dir., Women Broadcasting for Change series, London (‘Best Documentary’, Jaipur International Film Festival, Feb. 2009)