"They Fight Their Battles on Women's Bodies"

Free to Think Podcast

May 13 2021 • 28 mins

Free to Think talks with Marvi Sirmed, a political commentator, journalist, and human rights activist from Pakistan, about the 2021 Aurat March (Women’s March), violence against women, intersectionality, blasphemy accusations and the responsibility of social media companies.

Sirmed advocates for minority rights, women’s rights and secular democracy. She has withstood years of threats and harassment, including home invasions, theft travel documents and papers, and death threats, including attempted shootings.

Sirmed is currently a Research Scholar at the University of Connecticut, a SAR network member, where she is working on a book on free expression in South Asian countries.