Truck artist paints messages to campaign for female literacy


Samar Minallah, anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, has recruited truck artists and owners under the Asian Development Project’s Legal Literacy for Women in Punjab initiative to paint women empowerment messages on their trucks

This project is a collaboration between Minallah and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

One of the recruits is Hayat Khan, a truck artist from Islamabad who is painting pictures of school going girls on trucks with empowering messages such as, “forced and child marriages are punishable by law” citing the Punjab Child Marriage Restraint Act of 2015.

In this project, as many as 20 trucks will be painted with empowering portraits and messages to campaign for female literacy and the legal prohibitions on forced marriages of underage children.