UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for artistic freedom and creativity
The Norwegian film director Deeyah Khan, born to parents of Pashtun (Afghan) and Pakistani origin, was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic freedom and Creativity in November 2016. This title was bestowed upon her in light of her commitment to promoting art as a universal language and force for development, dialogue and social cohesion, as well as for her contribution to building more just and free societies through her activities undertaken as a filmmaker.
In 2010, Deeyah Khan founded ‘Fuuse’, an independent media and arts production company that profiles stories and the voices of women, people from minorities and immigrants in order to celebrate diversity.
She also created Sister-hood, an award winning online magazine that provides a platform for women of Muslim heritage to give their opinion. She works closely with international civil society organizations, such as Freemuse, advocating for freedom of artistic expression worldwide.