In A Heartbeat: Finding Her Voice

“We don’t need to prove that women are strong. Women are already strong. Our mission is to change the perception of people.” 

Adiba grew up in a rural community in northern Pakistan, where traditional gender roles prevent women and girls from making decisions about their bodies and lives.  Now at  20 years old, she gathers girls and young women in her community to discuss issues of gender equality, and develops theatre performances on topics such as gender discrimination, gender-based violence, and women’s roles in decision-making.  

In a Heartbeat features the stories of people who are championing better health in their communities. Learn how Canadians are helping communities in Africa and Asia drive progress – and how these women and men are changing lives, one heartbeat at a time.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada invests in support and training for community members and a range of healthcare professionals who are champions for change. With the support of the Government of Canada and thousands of individual Canadians, our programs promote the empowerment of women and girls, and invest in health and nutrition, education, economic inclusion, agriculture and food security, early childhood development, and civil society across Africa and Asia.  

Footage for this film was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


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