Faryal Najeeb

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: Hey say Huqooq - Right to KnowPakistan

Faryal Najeeb is a youth development and NGO management professional. She has worked to improve the capacity building, economic empowerment, and community engagement of Pakistani young people for over 7 years. She currently works with Lincoln Corners Pakistan to develop and execute programs on STEM education, gender-based violence, Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE), employability skills, and civic education. Faryal also works with organizations that empower underprivileged teenagers through communications and capacity building workshops.

IVLP Impact Award Project: Hey say Huqooq - Right to Know

Faryal's project 'Hey say Huqooq - Right to Know' is a combination of the Urdu letter 'hey' and the Urdu word 'huqooq', which means 'right.' Her project educated young people on the fundamental rights bestowed upon them by Pakistan's constitution and human rights declaration and instilled a civic sense in the community by creating interactive digital content and organizing workshops in English and Urdu. Her project organized five workshops for 140 community members that educated participants on critical thinking, active and participatory citizenship, community building, and civic skills and dispositions.  Additionally, Faryal's project created four videos that focused on themes such as the right to information, women's property rights, the right to life and food in the age of climate change, and the freedom of religion.

Faryal also participated in the IVLP Impact Awards Alumni Discussion Series panel on “Youth and Civic Engagement” which you can read more about here.

Watch the Videos on Youtube 

"It was a great experience for me. I got to know my rights and also to use them for making a prosperous Pakistan." – Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Faryal was a participant in the IVLP Project Young Leaders: NGOs and Civic Activism organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center.

Faryal's exchange experience led to the development of her IVLP Impact Award Project: "At Michigan State University I met the Executive Director of [the] Michigan Center for Civic Education, Ellen Zwarensteyn. Her insightful session, answers to my queries, and especially her work with the schools in the state for civic education became one of the biggest reasons [I created my] IVLP Impact Award Project."

U.S. Communities Visited

Los Angeles, CA; Washington, DC; Pensacola, FL; East Lansing, MI; Kalamazoo, MI

Country: Pakistan 

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