Palak is our Communications and Advocacy Adviser for the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB)
She oversees all on-going communication and advocacy efforts of the IPPFoRB project at The Norwegian Helsikni Committee. She not only promotes the network’s mission and achievements via ippforb.com, Facebook, Twitter but is also responsible for information materials and events. When she’s not being our social media bee, Palak indulges in travelling for discovering art.
Born in India, Palak grew up in a society, which regularly experiences human rights violations against minority groups and vulnerable communities. “It is necessary for the youth to be invested in nurturing societies where everyone lives a life of dignity and respect”, she says. To that end, she has been involved in projects dealing with issues of public healthcare and sanitation, land rights and police reforms.
With an interdisciplinary background, Palak holds a BA (Hons) in Media and Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she researched urban architectural battlefields, violence and citizenship in Palestine. She also has an Master of Philosophy, Theory and Practice of Human Rights degree from University of Oslo. Her Master thesis explores nationalist social movements in India and how they frame the discourse on minority rights and identities. For this research, the Fritt Ord Foundation, Norway awarded her the 2018 Fritt Ord Scholarship.
She speaks English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and some Norwegian.