Who we are? Do you know about us? Why did we start? What is the purpose behind this? This section answers your all FAQs and if you still have a question, feel free to write to us!
Stereotypes are cultural products (Gilbert, 1951).
Nearly all Ethnic Groups have stereotypes for other Ethnic groups.
Almost always Racial Stereotypes tend to favor the race of the holder and belittle other races (Katz & Braley, 1933)
There are approximately 183 million people in Pakistan.
Do you think WE are negatively stereotyped?
Pakistan suffers from the problems of a developing Country such as Sovereignty Violation, Poverty, Energy Crisis, Economic instability, Education crisis, Corruption, Gender inequality and Judicial Desecration
Over the last 5 years, 527 Sectarian attacks have killed over 2100 people from various religious minorities
53 Journalists have sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom of speech
In the last 5 years, 10,082 civilians and 3,453 security force personnel have lost their lives as a result of terrorist violence. (South Asia Terrorism Portal, 2015)
More than 150,000 Pakistani Soldiers are fighting terrorism within the country.
As of 2015, there were more than 1.8 million people displaced due to insurgency, counter-insurgency and other related violence in Pakistan.
Rightly so, the perception of a typical Pakistani is more often associated with extremism and terrorism (for reference, watch Homeland Season 4).
Many do not even know that Pakistan is a separate Country and not a part of Afghanistan or India. Most foriegners in this Global Village believe Pakistan is an Arabic Country.
In an article published by Forbes on the recent elections, Pakistan is referred to as “the most dangerous Nation”.
In a poll conducted for BBC by GlobeScan and PIPA, Pakistan was perceived as a “Mainly Negative” influence on the globe by 55% of the population.
These statistics are all true, but does this define what Pakistan and who its inhabitants are?
WE CAN CHANGE THESE PERCEPTIONS!
WHO ARE WE?
My Voice Unheard is a humanistic project that aims at bringing a counter-narrative to the uni-dimensional and clichéd image of Pakistan through self-expression.
My Voice Unheard appreciates and encourages the efforts of great men, women, and young individuals alike, by acknowledging their work and life. We believe that everybody has a story to tell which can change the negative perceptions and break stereotypes.
The project primarily focuses on collecting, archiving and highlighting biographies, stories and life experiences of Pakistani individuals who have dedicated their lives to change and social responsibility. My Voice Unheard collects prime data to stores history of individuals in its present form and aims to conserve and share it on an international forum in order to re-form the existing image of Pakistan.
It is an initiative for the people, by the people of Pakistan.
With a positive bias, we are working on compiling and publishing a coffee table book on short biographies and memoirs of Pakistani men and women specifically for Global Citizensto spread awareness about the paramount of work, knowledge and wisdom that the Nationals of this Country have.
The project at its heart is about brave people like Mobeen Ansari, innovative artsy entrepreneurs like Nausheen Khurram, inspiring young artists like Hamza Butt, Scientific revolutionaries like Dr. Faisal Dar, the resilient missionaries like Maxwell Shanti, determined social activists like Zar Aslam, astonishing historians like Faqir Syed Saifuddin and the brave martyrs who have sacrificed their lives to bring peace and prosperity to this country.
It is time to reclaim the land that has nurtured people of diverse ethnicities, cultures and religions for centuries but who’s identity has now been suppressed under violence and extremism alone.
It is time that we encourage people like Sophee Southall who, through her photography has exposed the beauty of Pakistan which has left the world speechless.
TOGETHER, IT IS TIME FOR US TO CHANGE NEGATIVE PERCEPTIONS AND RECLAIM THE VERY POSITIVE HOME THAT WE LIVE IN.