Azra Rashid

Azra Rashid is a freelance journalist and a Ph.D. candidate at Concordia University, Montreal. After completing her HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a diploma in Broadcast Journalism from Seneca College, Rashid began pursuing a career as a journalist and a filmmaker. Rashid worked as a lead story writer for Toronto magazine, Business Speak: Women in Business, Finance and Technology, and then freelanced for New York-based TV channel Democracy Now! To work on her documentary, Dishonour Defied, Rashid went back to Pakistan where she also worked as a Producer for a North American channel CNBC and then later assisted with the launch of Pakistan’s first English-language news channel DawnNews, as a producer. After successfully completing her award-winning documentary Dishonour Defied, Rashid worked for Omni TV in Alberta as a producer/director for Omni News: South Asian Edition for over a year. Rashid completed her Masters degree in Journalism from Ryerson University in 2010. She is currently developing a documentary on forced marriages in Canada, with the working title Unveiling the Abuse.

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