The Women of East Cleveland

The Women of East Cleveland: An International Perspective with Visiting Fellow Risham Waseem

Picture of Risham Waseem

Thursday, May 26 - 4:00 pm 

As part of the Voicing and Action Project research initiative, visiting fellow Risham Waseem debuted a documentary short culled from the digital oral histories collected in East Cleveland, analyzed her findings, and provided comparisons to the women’s empowerment programs she’s developed in Pakistan.  She also screened, Stories of East Cleveland, a short film she created in Pakistan focusing on women's rights and sexual harassment.


Risham is the Media Project Officer of the Interactive Resource Centre in Lahore where she designs and develops media advocacy campaigns and documentary films on various human rights issues.  She regularly engages university students in trainings over peace-building, film production and citizen journalism.  Risham also directs the Vasakh Documentary Film Festival, an annual event that showcases documentary shorts on human rights, peace and cultural heritage.  Her fellowship at the Social Justice Institute was supported by the Cleveland Council of World Affairs in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State and World Learning in Washington, D.C.