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Seven On Tour
Date: 14 June 2018
18:30 - 20:30
Organization: UNOG
Location: Assembly Hall
Category: Performance
patron: International Gender Champions (through the Division of Conference Management), with the support of the Permanent Mission of Sweden and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy

This event takes place at the Palais des Nations, Assembly Hall; Entry: Pregny Gate; Access: Door 14.

All attendees who do not hold a UN ground badge are kindly requested to register here.

About the event:

The following activities will be performed:

- Event opening by Opera singer and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Barbara Hendricks
- Theatre play SEVEN read by high profile readers
- A discussion by members of the International Gender Champions network
- A strategic communications campaign about the importance of “Safe Spaces” – a culture of dialogue and engagement for dignity and respect for all

About the play:

This theater play is held on the week leading up to the Human Rights Council meeting focusing on the women’s rights. Performed as a reading and having reached 42 countries, it tells the stories of seven courageous women activists from Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala and Cambodia who overcame abuse of power and advanced women’s rights. The play SEVEN aims to engage the diverse international and diplomatic audience in women’s rights, the global #metoo movement, and a culture of respect and dignity for all.

The performance will be produced and directed by Ida Granqvist, managing director of VOICES and Hedda Krausz Sjögren, now Swedish Counsellor for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy in Pretoria.

More information here

Seven women in the play are:

Farida Azizi, Afghanistan: She was an activist fighting the marginalization of women under Taliban rule in her native country. Due to threats to her life, Azizi has gained asylum and currently lives in the United States, and works on women’s rights and peacebuilding in Afghanistan.

Inez McCormack, Northern Ireland 1943-2013: She was an activist in the 60s for women’s and human rights, labour, and social justice. She was President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. She played a critical role in the 1998 Good Friday Peace Accords. She continued her struggle for the underprivileged until she passed awz in 2013.

Marina Pisklakova – Parker, Russia: In 1993, against tremendous odds, she founded the first hotline for victims of domestic violence, which has since grown into Center ANNA, part of a coalition that has provided crisis and counselling services for 100,000 Russian women.

Annabella De Leon, Guatemala: Annabella raised herself and family out of poverty by getting an education. Having been a congresswoman since 1995, she has received death threats because of her fight against corruption and for the rights of the poor, particularly women and indigenous people.

Mukhtar Mai, Pakistan: Mukhtar Mai was gang-raped by four men and forced to walk home almost naked in retribution for an alleged “honour crime”. Ms Mai and her story grabbed headlines across the world. Instead of taking the traditional route of commiting suicide, she brought her rapists to justice, built schools to improve the condition of women, and advocated for education in her country.

Mu Sochua, Cambodia: She was former Minister of Women’s Affairs in Cambodia (one of only two women in the cabinet) and was co-nominated in 2005 for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work against sex trafficking in Cambodia and Thailand. After door-to-door visits to 482 villagegs. she won a seat in Parliament in July 2008.

Hafsat Abiola, Nigeria: She is an advocate for human rights and democracy following the murder of her activist parents. She founded the Kudirat Initiatives for Democracy, which provides skill training and leadership opportunities for young women across Nigeria.

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