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WHAT IS I AM KARACHI?

Concerned citizens and civil society organizations of Karachi have come together to initiate a city-wide movement by the name of I AM KARACHI.

I AM KARACHI aims to collectively rebuild the diverse social and cultural fabric of the city by providing a platform for like-minded organizations and individuals committed to promoting socio-cultural activities and campaigns as vehicles for peace building through Arts, Culture, Sports and Dialogue.

I AM KARACHI aims to inculcate hope, pride and ownership in the citizens of Karachi to collectively strive for a peaceful and vibrant city.

Karachi is a city with a plethora of diversity – this city of lights celebrates itself as a melting pot of various cultures and religions. Karachi is home to Hindus, Parsis, and Christians among many other religions. The religious break-up of the city is as follows: Muslim 96.66%; Christian 2.35%; Hindu 0.83%; others 0.13%. The others include Parsis and Buddhists. With the blending of Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South Asian and Western influences, there is considerable diversity in culture, and this unique position has produced a cultural amalgam of its own giving the city a status of being a cosmopolitan. I AM KARACHI aims to celebrate the real spirit of Karachi by promoting inclusivity and diversity through rebuilding the social fabric of the city.
Karachi has its share of unique sights and cultural avenues making life interesting for its citizens at every juncture. However public spaces continue to shrink across the city. I AM KARACHI aims to build the social fabric of the city by reclaiming and reviving existing public spaces while creating new ones for the people of Karachi. Examples of existing public spaces include Karachi's ancient Mohatta Palace and the culturally and intellectually thriving T2F. Once home to a thriving music scene, this space has also been seen to diminish, with fewer concerts and musical gatherings happening in the city. However, the city is still home to local musicians of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Karachi is home for many of us and together with our different quirks we make this city what it is.
This month I AM KARACHI cherishes successful women for their resounding work, appreciated both locally and globally - Dr Nergis Mavalvala and Ms.Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy,
  • Dr NergisMavalvala is among the team of eagle-eyed scientists who, for the first time, observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves.
  • Academy Award Winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy was recently nominated again for the Oscars for her film‘Girl in The River: The Price of Forgiveness’. Sharmeen had been advocating for an Anti-Honor Killing Campaign and also met the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to discuss the issue of honor killings in Pakistan.
I AM KARACHI in collaboration with its partner organizations has been supporting an awareness campaign on a city-wide cleanliness drive under the name of #KHUDTOUKUCHKARO. A clean Karachi is essential for a healthier and happier Karachi.

This cleanliness drive is also a call for action clean your own neighborhoods and the vicinity you reside in. With the help of its partners, I AM KARACHI will conduct cleanliness drives in various localities of Karachi. Stay tuned for more details!

Are you are a blogger, an aspiring writer or a published journalist/author and have written on #Karachi? Do you want to write about Karachi and your dreams for it?  Send us your blogs/entries at submissions@iamkarachi.org. We would love to feature you on our page and our website

 

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