Beena Sarwar

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Beena Sarwar
EducationBA, MA
Alma materBrown University, Harvard University
OccupationJournalist, Artist, Filmmaker
EmployerAman ki Asha
Home townKarachi, 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[edit]

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 International. 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.[1]

In 1998, Sarwar created an informal email 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's Featured Blogger in March 2010.[2] Her blog has also been named "Best Blog From a Journalist" at the Pakistan Blog Awards in 2011.[3] Her use of social media was to share articles, reports and comments, along with her own articles, with her friends and colleagues.

Longtime contribute to InterPress Service (IPS) [4]

Nieman Fellow at Harvard University 2006 [5]

Assistant Visiting Professor at Brown University in the fall semester of 2015, teaching Advanced Journalism: Politics, Causes and Culture [6]


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)
  • Milne Do: Let Kashmiris Meet, [2009], Dir., prod., Video Journalism Movement
  • Aur Nikleinge Ushhaq ke Qafle - There Will Be More Caravans of Passion, Prod. Independent film, Dir. Sharjil Baloch, 2010

Published chapters in edited anthologies[edit]

  • India, Pakistan And ‘Southasia’ in Thirty Years of SAARC: Society, Culture and Development, IIC Quarterly, May 2015
  • Editor of: “Exploring Women’s Voices – Women in Conflict Zones: The Pakistan Study – Community Conversations in Balochistan and Swat” – by Nazish Brohi and Saba Gul Khattak for The Women’s Regional Network, 2014
  • Milne Do (let them meet), in This Side That Side — Restorying Partition, graphic anthology, Yoda Press, New Delhi, 2013)
  • Ch 36-Media- New Trends, Old Problems in South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures (Anthem Press, London, 2013)
  • Introduction, Biography and Conclusion for The Political Economy of a Punjabi Village in Pakistan by Zekiye Eglar, commissioned by the Institute of Intercultural Studies, New York; Oxford University Press 2011
  • Uphill and Downstream in Pakistan, chapter on environmental journalism in Pakistan for Green Pen, Sage, India, 2010
  • Media matters, chapter in ‘The Great Divide: India and Pakistan’, edited by Ira Pande; India International Center quarterly, 2010
  • The MF Husain controversy- Identity, intent and the rise of militant fascism, Nukta Art, Volume 4, Issue 2, Karachi, October 2009
  • Role of Women in Building Peace between India and Pakistan, chapter in Women Building Peace Between India and Pakistan, edited by Shree Mulay & Jackie Kirk, An Anthem Critical Studies book, Anthem Press (London, New York, Delhi), 2007
  • Karachi, in A City Under Siege: Carnage in Karachi, 12/15/07, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, 2007
  • Bombay, personally, in imagine: neighbors in peace, The Chowk Company, USA, 2005
  • Media profile of Pakistan, UNDP Cross Boundary Media Initiatives Project (PARAGON Regional Governance), March 2002
  • Rumors, in PeaceFire, Fragments from the Israel-Palestine Story, Ethan Casey & Paul Hilder, Free Association Books/, UK 2002
  • Pakistani Women: An Overview and Women and Media in Pakistan: Reality unrepresented, facts distorted, in A National Study on Monitoring and Sensitisation of the Print Media on the Portrayal of Women: Changing Images, Uks, Islamabad, January 2002.
  • WSF: moving ahead, in quarterly Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Volume 5, Issue 2 (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London) August 2004
  • The Hijacking of Pakistan, in Dispatches from a Wounded World, BlueEar. & BookSurge, USA & UK, December 2001
  • Women more Vulnerable, chapter (co-authored) on Pakistan in TB Do or Die published by The Panos Institute South Asia and World Health Organisation, Kathmandu, Nov 1998
  • Transformation From Within: Women’s Education in Pakistan, Overseas, Royal Over-Seas League quarterly journal, London, June 1998
  • “We Are the Future”: a story of the Pakistani girl child (editor), Family Planning Association of Pakistan, launched at UN Women’s Conference, Beijing August 1995.
  • On Suspicion of Illicit Relations in Women and Violence: Realities and Responses Worldwide, edited by Miranda Davies, Zed Books Ltd., UK/USA, 1994


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "About | Journeys to democracy". Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Beena Sarwar | IPS Inter Press Service | News Agency | Journalism & Communication for Global Change". Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  5. ^ "Threats Come at Journalists in Pakistan From All Sides". Nieman Reports. 2006-06-15. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  6. ^ "Faculty Directory | English Department". Retrieved 2016-05-12.