Smith College honours Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy with an honorary degree


Pakistani-Canadian activist and journalist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy received an honorary degree from the USA’s prestigious Smith College in recognition of her efforts in documentary journalism on human rights.

Sharmeen has twice won the Academy award, in 2012 and in 2016 and has also bagged the Emmy Award twice in 2010 and in 2013.

She is known for producing films on the subjects of women subjugation that are otherwise overlooked or get inadequate attention from mainstream media and society. Obaid’s documentary films Saving Faces and The Girl in the River – A Price of Forgiveness discusses the issue of acid attacks on females and honour killings in Pakistan.

Obaid has garnered appreciation globally for actively working for women’s right but she is often criticized in Pakistan for the negative portrayal of the country in her films. People believe she can utilise her outreach and fame to wash off the bad image that Pakistan suffers at the international arena. While others believe her documentaries bring a spotlight to the untold stories of brilliant and resilient people in Pakistan.