Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

Mariam Azeem

Mariam Azeem is Director of Movement Support and Learning with Rhize and an ICNC Summer Institute alumna (2013). She is passionate about playing the backstage role by providing training, education, and mentoring to movement actors. Azeem also has years of experience building, delivering, and evaluating training programs in human rights education and women leadership.

Writings from Mariam Azeem


Movement Commentary

The Aurat March and Pakistan’s Struggle for Women’s Rights

Women’s rights have been on the social agenda in Pakistan for years, but the media largely ignored it until recently. Journalists have become more independent over the past few years, coinciding with the emergence of the Women’s March in the United States and around the world. These marches inspired Pakistani women to finally take action for their rights. Pakistan’s Aurat March (“aurat” means “women” in Urdu) saw its debut on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018. […]

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Movement Commentary

Part Two: A Civil Resistance Trainer’s Story, and Takeaways for Educators

In my previous blog post, I shared with you my personal journey to becoming a civil resistance trainer and outlined a few takeaways about effective training approaches. In this post, I expand on those takeaways, which I hope civil resistance trainers in other parts of the world can use to improve their work. […]

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Interviews & People

A Civil Resistance Trainer’s Story, and Takeaways for Educators (Part 1)

Over the past few years, I have been working as a civil resistance trainer and educator in various parts of Pakistan including Azad and Jammu Kashmir. At times, my work to spread knowledge about civil resistance for human rights, peace, and democracy has brought me to cross red lines drawn by patriarchal principles in Pakistani society (and so many other places in the world). […]

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