Aurat Raaj: Women Empowerment Initiative Supported by The Do School

The DO School is an international educational platform offering various educational and executive programs that focus on entrepreneurial, intrapreneurial, and innovation skills to both young entrepreneurs and established organizations. The DO School is a platform created to inspire students all over the World to get things done, seize new opportunities, and to solve important problems.

The Do School also motivates its students all across the globe to clarify new ideas, and bring them to life quickly as new products, processes and services. It also helps inspire seismic cultural shifts that transform people, organizations and society. The Do School calls its students as Doers, who are purposeful: they create not just better business but a better world – for everyone.

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The DO School offers different training programs for emerging social entrepreneurs as well as established organizations. The programs vary in length, focus and target group.

A central tenet in all programs is the outcome-focused DO School Method, whose four phases endow learners with the resources to conceive, test, refine, and implement idea. By combining a hands-on approach with blended-learning sessions, the institution aims to promote social impact and good business. The organization’s own DO Lab is dedicated to designing new and experimental educational formats to run at the DO School or as part of their clients’ training programs.

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The DO School provides the youth all over the World with the tools to create change by bringing them together with other visionaries, impact entrepreneurs and renowned experts. Through a mix of their tried and tested DO School methods and recognized impact innovation tools, they not only equip students with the skills they need to pursue their idea, but to grow as a future leader. Do school is home to hundreds of successful alumni, whose ventures are now creating positive change in their communities and organizations in over 80 countries around the world.
Different change makers have different needs, so The Do School offers different programs depending on the student’s circumstances.

Saba Khalid, a journalist, blogger and activist from Karachi, Pakistan, has participated in one of the Do School programs, pitching in her idea of Aurat Raaj. Aurat Raaj is a digital platform that uses the power of animation and artificial intelligence to end gender violence and harassment against Pakistani women. Their animated web series Raaji touches upon taboo topics such as honor killings, forced marriages, child sexual abuse, and menstruation.

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The chatbot aims to answer girls’ most pressing questions about their reproductive health and connect girls in need to a trusted partner network of therapists, shelters, NGOs, doctors and lawyers.

Aurat Raaj also believes in offline activism for the rights of girls and women in Pakistan. They run regular self-defense workshops and empowerment camps in Karachi. Their articles and videos about inspiring female role models from local communities have gone viral. Aurat Raaj’s achievements include teaching 500 girls self-defense, university partnerships, extended workshops outside of Karachi that have reached 10,000 girls, a growing social media, and website traffic, as well as the launch of a full-length animated film.

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Aurat Raaj has been incubated at The Nest in Karachi, is part of the IBM Global Startup Entrepreneur program, has been a finalist in She Loves Tech 2017, won pitch night at The DO School. Its series Raaji has been sponsored by The Pollination Project and UNICEF. 

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Aurat Raaj is a great initiative taken by Saba Khalid, that will help empower the women of Pakistan. It also helps motivate women to come out and talk about their problems even if they are taboo.

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Over the past 5 years, Saba has contributed to numerous international magazines as well, such as Rolling Stone Germany, and currently, writes across a variety of digital media outlets. She expresses her passion for the rights, protection and empowerment of Pakistani women by writing on taboo topics like sexual violence, gender inequality and sexual education.

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