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CAHR visiting fellows stage performance at York Theatre Royal

Posted on 17 March 2014

Visiting human rights defenders performed "Women on the Frontline: Voices of Dissent" during York International Women's Week.

The Centre for Applied Human Rights' visiting human rights defenders participated in the York International Women's Week festival by staging the performance "Women on the Frontline: Voices of Dissent" at York Theatre Royal on Saturday 15 March.

The event showed a short film interviewing Gullalai from Pakistan and Christeen Maher from Egypt, both former CAHR visiting fellows and women human rights defenders. The film was followed by a performance by five current visiting human rights defenders. The performance consisted of monologues, poems and stories on the invisible women that change the world.

All the performance pieces were written by the performers themselves in creative writing workshops led by the Centre's artist in residence .

The participants in the performance were Manori Kalugampitiya (Sri Lanka), Jestina Mukoko (Zimbabwe), Yass (Iran), Stephen Chukwumah (Nigeria), and Abdiaziz Ibrahim (Somalia). The performance was followed by a Q&A session with the performers and Juliana Mensah.

This was the second time CAHR participated in York International Women's Week.

Image: Sanna Eriksson | From left to right: Manori Kalugampitiya, Abdiaziz Ibrahim, Stephen Chukwumah and Jestina Mukoko.