Saturday, April 21, 2012

TIME's 100 Most Influential People of the World: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is one

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy made headlines when her 'Saving Face' won her an Oscar - and also the first one for her country Pakistan. Being a female journalist, she had the guts and courage to make a documentary about a subject that snatches away beauty and life of many a women in Pakistan and even around the world every year.

The dis-configuring the faces of human beings, specially women by men is not new. Bu when these men go unpunished, it is more painful than the physical pain suffered by the victims. It is because of this fact, the offenders are encouraged to make more women suffer for rest of their lives.

'Saving Face' is one such documentary by Miss Chinoy which brings to forth the sufferings of women subjected to this heinous crime and watch helplessly those who did it roaming freely with no feeling of remorse or guilt. This documentary by Chinoy has not only highlighted the sufferings of the female victims within Pakistan but without as well. While she gets an Oscar, the TIME magazine includes her in the 2012 list of 100 most influential people of the world.

The write up for Chinoy is written by none other than Hollywood celebrity and human rights activist Angelina Jolie who has visited Pakistan twice to sympathize with the flood victims of Pakistan during 2010 and 2011.

Here is a screen shot of the TIME magazine site about Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy by Angelina Jolie:

It may be added here that this time other than men, some 40 women have also been added to the Time's list of 100 most influential people of the world. The list of women also include Mrs Hillary Clington of USA, Mamata Banerjee of India, star celebrities Adele and Rihanna, Maryam Durani of Afghanistan and many more. 

As a member of the TIME 100, Sharmeen has been invited to attend the annual TIME 100 Gala on April 24, at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

Reference: TIME