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Khudi
Khudi, an Urdu word meaning a sense of awakening, is a counter-extremism social movement working to promote a democratic culture in Pakistan.

On the Lokashakti Network since:
Monday, 27 August 2012

Year founded: 2010

Location:
Lahore, Punjab
Pakistan

Phone: +92 305 555 5370

Email address:
info@khudipakistan.com

Type of network resource:
  • Activist Organization
  • Internet Resource

Issues addressed:
  • Peace / Nonviolence
  • Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Religious Freedom / Understanding
  • Youth
  • Human Rights
  • Self-determination

Further classification:
  • National Office

Description

Khudi
Educate

The first and most important step is raising awareness around key issues. For free thinking people to form opinions and to arrive at workable solutions, it’s necessary to have access to information and exposure to differing viewpoints.

At Khudi, we produce and translate literature in English and Urdu from a wide variety of sources, providing insights into the most pressing issues facing Pakistan today.

We also engage all forms of media, in Pakistan and abroad, to raise interest and spread awareness about our cause – you’ll often see us on TV, hear us on the radio or read about us on facebook or in the news.


Inspire

A very wise friend of Khudi once said that the best way to spur people into action is to inspire them to dream. But with all that Pakistan has faced, it seems as if the ability to dream has somehow been lost among us.

Art, in all its forms, encourages people to do just that. The strong traditions of music, film, poetry and photography that we possess in Pakistan are the best weapons we have against the darkness of extremism and intolerance.

At Khudi, we aim to provide a platform where cultural and creative avenues can be used to address such social issues.


Debate

There are several ways to solve problems or settle disputes. One is to threaten/injure/kill anyone who disagrees with you, another is to sit down over a cup of ‘chai’ to talk about the issue and arrive at a mutually agreeable solution.

At Khudi, we tend to prefer the latter. That’s why we organize conferences and workshops around the country, inviting people from disparate backgrounds to foster a culture of healthy discussion and debate.

The events that focus on extremism are conducted by Maajid, whose long experience inside extremist organizations provides a unique insight into how to tackle the spread of their ideology.

Khudi also runs an inter-university campus magazine, distributed at universities across Pakistan, providing students with a chance to air their views without fear of reprisal. Through this magazine we hope to improve communication channels between the youth of various provinces, who currently have few opportunities to interact with or learn from each other.


Mobilize

Although the ideas and debates are hugely important, there’s no denying that as citizens of Pakistan, we need to take practical action to improve conditions around us.

At Khudi, we plan to organize such initiatives as often as we can.

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