When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the world shut down, and people were forced to stay inside their homes. During this time, many people were stuck at home in toxic and abusive circumstances.
To highlight this, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (SOC) Films released the animated film, ‘Domestic Violence During COVID-19 Pandemic’. This film was the fourth and final part of the ‘Siyani Sahelian’ animation series.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, women were stuck at home with their abusers and this led to an increase in domestic violence cases. The purpose of this short film is to address these issues. The main character is Asghari who, along with her parents, discusses the way women and girls can deal with situations of abuse at home. The film also sheds light upon the significance of the whole family carrying out joint responsibilities at home.
‘Siyani Sahelian’ was launched in 2018, and its goal is to address gender disparity for out-of-school adolescent girls (from 9 years to 19) in 480 towns and villages in the three districts of south Punjab: Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, and Muzaffargarh.
More than 36,000 out-of-school girls have benefitted through post-primary opportunities for learning gains, livelihood, life skills, and TVET. As a part of this collaborative program with Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi, four short films were produced for the purpose of public screenings.
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