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Movements and Moments
Digital Rights and Feminist Futures

This story charts the evolution of Pakistan’s feminist digital rights movement – a movement led and championed by Nighat Dad, a feminist digital rights activist helping women defend themselves online. It will begin with Nighat’s humble beginnings in the small northeastern town of Ratta Matta, her stint as a lawyer working in Pakistan’s seedy, male-dominated courtrooms, and continue to the creation of the Digital Rights Foundation, a Lahore-based nonprofit media watchdog that began Pakistan’s feminist digital rights movement and established the country’s first cyber harassment helpline. Into Nighat’s story there will be woven the experiences of the many women who have sought her assistance.

By Aziza Ahmad and Zuha Siddiqui


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  • Aziza Ahmad and Zuha Siddiqui © Aziza Ahmad and Zuha Siddiqui
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Aziza Ahmad© Aziza Ahmad

Aziza Ahmad

is an illustrator, graphic designer and animator from Karachi, Pakistan. Her work visually explores friendship, feelings, and feminism in forms that are equally cute and crass. She’s currently pursuing an MFA in Visual Communication at Konstfack University, Stockholm.

Zuha Siddiqui© Zuha Siddiqui

Zuha Siddiqui

is a Pakistan-based journalist reporting on human rights, migration and identity. Her work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Slate, BuzzFeed News, and other publications.

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