Programmes Director, Interactive Resource Centre
Risham Waseem is a digital content creator and documentary filmmaker based in Lahore, Pakistan. She is the Programmes Director at Interactive Resource Centre ( IRC ), an info media organisation creating art based advocacy tools for marginalized members of the community. Within IRC, Waseem also heads Maati TV, Pakistan’s first web based interactive video platform aimed at putting forward an alternative narrative of Pakistan in support of human rights, democracy and cultural diversity through various digital story telling techniques. She is also the co-founder of Documentary Association of Pakistan (DAP), an initiative to promote the art of documentary films in Pakistan. Waseem specialises in creating awareness and advocacy campaigns on various human rights issues and works with the development sector, the international community and with the Government of Pakistan. More recently, she has also worked as a digital communication strategist for the office of United National Human Rights Commission, where she designed digital strategies and products for the Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and association. Waseem holds a Bachelor's honors degree in Film and Television from the National College of Arts. She has also been a Hurford Youth Fellow with the World Movement for Democracy where she designed a web series tackling the hurdles young people face towards being more politically engaged. She has an extensive background in Interactive/forum theatre and has been part of a theatre group that has performed on issues of gender based violence, interfaith harmony and democracy, across Pakistan.