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University Townhalls

Never Telling the Truth: Challenges to Citizenship in a Time of Misinformation

“The flipside of media credibility is that news organizations must be able to make money, as they are business ventures before all else,” stated journalist and anchor, Arifa Noor at...
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Cultural Expression and Political Identity

“The purpose of political culture is to create an inclusive environment conducive to the participation of all kinds of people; much of democratic continuity rests on this,” said linguist and...
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Changing Nature of State & its Relationship with Citizens

Jinnah Institute held a university townhall on 27th September 2019 with students and faculty members at the University of Lahore on the ‘Changing Nature of the State and its Relationship...
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Reinterpreting Citizenship: What are the Youth’s Rights & Responsibilities?

How effectively do youth voice their concerns and agitate their causes with decision makers? How many young people want to actively take part in politics? Are Pakistani youth actually agents...
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Youth in Policy and Governance

At Jinnah Institute’s University Townhall on Youth in Governance at SZABIST (Karachi), cultural critic Ahmer Naqvi and lawyer Alizeh Bashir stated that young people must learn to break barriers that...
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How do Art & Culture Shape Identity?

Art and identity are in constant conversation and one shapes the other, stated renowned poets KishwarNaheed and Iftikhar Arif while speaking at Jinnah Institute’s University Townhall at Quaid-e-Azam University, moderated...
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Citizenship & the Constitution: Rights and Inclusion

With ever increasing human rights violations and curbs on fundamental freedoms, it is important to reassert the notion of citizenship in a democratic polity and underscore the demands that citizens...
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Social Media & Populist Nationalism

Political systems across the world have undergone a wave of populism, and are hard pressed to balance majoritarian political demands against fundamental human rights. Nowhere is this contest more visible...
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Threat to our Future: Extremism in Seats of Learning

Persistence of extremist ideologies owes to their laying claim to a single truth. Challenging such claims hinges on the ability to critically evaluate and deconstruct their arguments. Salient features of...
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Youth Politics & Policy

Policy frameworks must imagine Pakistan’s youth cohort as an opportunity to innovate public policy discourse and revitalize an increasingly unimaginative political conversation according to speakers at Jinnah Institute’s University Town...
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From Ideas to Markets: How Start-ups are Reshaping Entrepreneurship

  Pakistan’s new crop of entrepreneurs must learn how to sell their ideas as a first step towards realizing their dream, said experts at Jinnah Institute's town hall titled 'From...
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Social Discourse: Building Counter Narratives to Terrorism

On 14/04/2017, Faced with the increasing operational effectiveness of terrorism in Pakistan, and reports of increased militant recruitment in South Asia as a whole, the importance of combating systemic fissures...
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Pakistan’s Youth Bulge: Breaking the Growth Ceiling

Pakistan’s youth cohort makes up over 60 per cent of the population, providing Pakistan an opportunity to leverage their strategic position to enhance the country’s economic growth; this was the...
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Cultural Pluralism & the Politics of Identity

On 23/02/17, Pakistan as a society must question the contemporary manifestations of ethnic discrimination, religious intolerance, and extremism by resuscitating the pluralistic vision of its inception.  This was the main...
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Women’s Mentorship Accelerator

03/12/16: Jinnah Institute held its first Women’s Mentorship Accelerator, geared towards creating spaces for young women entrepreneurs, building leadership capabilities and encouraging them to engage in Pakistan’s democracy, economy and...
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Social Entrepreneurship: Breaking Glass Ceilings

Pakistan’s social entrepreneurship eco-system still requires a dedicated investor and knowledge base to build socially responsible businesses and contribute to youth employment; this was the main focus of speakers at...
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Youth & the Future of Our Politics

On 26/04/16, Jinnah Institute held its first University Town Hall in collaboration with SZABIST University in Islamabad.  The policy dialogue featured a panel comprising of Ammara Durrani, Marvi Sirmed, Meher...