Two years of supporting activists in the Sunni-majority country’s capital city resulted in projects that championed diversity and countered Covid-related disinformation.
Young Cities began its programming in Pakistan in 2019 through its Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) initiative. trained 26 activists and supported the launch of three projects that each took on the challenge of promoting diverse narratives and empowering religious minorities in a country where around 91% of its population is Sunni Muslim.
In 2020, the Covid pandemic led to the rise of harmful misinformation and disinformation that spread quickly and unabated, often targeting the country’s women and minorities especially. Young Cities adapted its programme to be delivered entirely remotely, and supported four teams of activists to develop a single campaign that addressed different forms of this disinformation.