Women Leaders Combating Child Marriage: Perspectives from Liberia & Pakistan

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Vital Voices, Girl Up and Girls Not Brides USA

Cordially invite you to a panel discussion featuring: 

Rosana Schaack and Samar Minallah Khan

Vital Voices, Girl Up and Girls Not Brides: US Partnership to End Child Marriage are delighted to welcome these two extraordinary women leaders for an interactive panel discussion about their efforts to combat child marriage in their respective countries.

Friday, June 8, 2012

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

(light breakfast served)


Vital Voices Global Partnership

1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

To RSVP by June 6:

Please email [email protected]

Watch live via Ustream


Rosana Schaack is the Founder and Executive Director of Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness (THINK) Inc., a non-governmental organization using innovative livelihood initiatives to help disenfranchised segments of society, especially children, adolescent girls and young women, empower themselves and achieve a better quality of life. She is also a consultant on gender and child protection for Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, for whom she previously served as Program Manager of Child Protection for six years. Rosana has over 15 years of experience as a public health nurse and is passionately committed to human rights advocacy, with special expertise in prevention and response to gender-based violence and child protection. Ms. Schaack was a 2007 Humphrey Fellow and a 2008/2009 Recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals from the University of Minnesota. She was a 2010 AGALI Fellow and is a delegate of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women.


Samar Minallah Khan is a Pakistani documentary filmmaker and an anthropologist with an MPhil in Anthropology and Development from the University of Cambridge, UK. Samar is one of the first Pakistani women who has used film to give voices to the women of Pakistan. In Pakistan, Ms. Minallah runs a non-government organization called ‘Ethnomedia,’ which works in the fields of advocacy and awareness-raising. At Ethnomedia, she uses documentaries and other forms of media as tools for social change.Through different mediums of communication, she highlights human rights violations and challenges culturally-sanctioned forms of violence.She has traveled to rural and tribal areas to give a voice to women who are kept away from the eyes and influence of the outside world. She believes in the power of film to generate dialogue and understanding on issues that are otherwise invisible and unheard. By doing so, she has managed to give a new meaning to advocacy and documentary filmmaking in Pakistan. Her documentaries are being used for advocacy and awareness-raising by both government and non-government organizations and media in Pakistan. She has received several national and international awards for her work in the field of media. These include the Roberto Rossellini Award (2009); the  UNICEF/ABU/CASBAA Girl Child Rights Award (2005); the Perdita Huston Human Rights Activist Award (2007), and the Civic Courage Award (2009), presented to her by the Center for Civic Education, Pakistan. Finally, she was honored as a Cheng Lin Tein Fellow by the Asia Foundation in 2010. 



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