In our latest programming, three teams in Lahore got creative to take on religiously inspired discrimination, hate and extremism, in a city where these issues are deeply rooted and profoundly felt.
Young Cities launched in Lahore in 2021. With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we continued to adapt our programme to be delivered remotely across eight weeks of webinars. We trained 22 young activists and supported the launch of four projects that took on the issues of religious discrimination, hate and extremism.
We continued our work in the city in 2022 through our new, hybrid two-year capacity building programme. 15 young people in the city launched three additional community initiatives that focused on promoting digital literacy, credible reporting and political inclusion of religious minorities.
Lahore is the second most populous city in Pakistan with a rich cultural history and a diverse population, including the largest Christian community in Pakistan and well as notable communities of Hindus, Ahmadis, Sikhs, and Zoroastrians, many of whom also continue to suffer from religiously-inspired violence and hate. The campaigns supported in the city used creative mediums, including film and documentaries, storytelling, sports and participatory theatre to address these issues from different perspectives.