“You don’t have to build bridges to people who won’t place the next plank, but confrontations push things and make people move. I admire people who are moveable.”
Khaterah Parwani sees her work as a battle for human rights requiring everyone to donate a plank to the project. “Rome can be built in a day. We are those same women that we put our faith in and, all of a sudden, our lives have marched past us. It has to happen now!”
Building bridges between people is not just about being accommodating and giving time, says Khaterah Parwani. Interpersonal relations force you to constantly go into discussions with your opponents.
Taking people seriously
After several interviews and articles about her fight against patriarchal norms, have made her unpopular in some circles. "People on the edge of society never get more furious when you look them in the eye. I’ve been in situations that would cause others to demand protection, but the truth is that I can’t help if I don´t see them as my younger brothers. I grew up in the same conditions and in the same environment and know these people all too well. They may not notice that when I put my foot down, but I am working for a better future for us, the people on the bottom, giving us more freedom and privileges.
A fight for human rights
In her own words, her work concentrates on securing equal opportunities, ultimately meaning basic human rights. It is a battle without compromises and she feels obliged to place herself in the hail of bullets. “If you guard and cherish your personal freedom, you have to guard the freedom of others as well, she declares. If there is one thing in this world that can blow our ideas and mindsets, it’s love, and there is a reason for that. Being that love has the strength to break down walls and rules. Maybe we should worship that energy instead of all the obstacles."
Born 1984. Background in law from Copenhagen University. The leader of Lifehack, an organization that works for equal rights among young people with minority backgrounds; especially regarding topics like social control, sexual liberation, physical and mental abuse. Spokesperson and legal adviser at Exitcirklen.
In 2017, Danish newspaper Politiken placed her in a top 10 of most important voices in Denmark. Multiple award-winning feminists (Susanne Gieses Mindelegat, Friendship Award SOS Against Racism, Most Powerful Feminist in Denmark, etc.). This year, along with Exitcirklen, she received the KAFKAT Prize of legal policy.