International human rights defenders hosted by the University of York will perform narratives, poems and conversations inspired by the women who have shaped their lives and human rights work.
Part of York International Women’s Week, ‘Women on the Front Line: Voices of Dissent’, at York Theatre Royal on Saturday 15 March 2014, will involve five human rights defenders from Iran, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Somalia.
The performances were developed in collaboration with Juliana Mensah, Artist in Residence at the University’s Centre for Applied Human Rights, and will be followed by a question and answer session about the defenders’ work.
The human rights defenders are taking part in the Centre for Applied Human Rights’ Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders at Risk. This gives activists time away from a difficult environment, as well as educational resources designed to increase their effectiveness and their ability to influence policy and practice when they return home.
As part of York International Women’s Week, Jestina Mukoko and Stephen Chukwumah will also take part in an event at the Mansion House on Friday 14 March.
Hosted by the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Julie Gunnell, the event ‘Holding Half the Sky’ - which also involves International Service and the University’s Centre for Applied Human Rights - will look at women’s empowerment at home and abroad, and the issue of domestic abuse.
‘Holding Half the Sky: A Celebration of Women’s Work Internationally and in the UK’ will take place at the Mansion House on Friday, 14 March from 5-7.30pm. The event is free but places are limited. Phone 01904 647799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
‘Women on the Front Line: Voices of Dissent’ will take place at York Theatre Royal, St Leonard’s Place on Saturday 15 March from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Tickets cost £5/£2.50 concessions. More information at www.york.ac.uk/cahr/news/events/events-2014/yiww-2014/ or from Sanna Eriksson on 01904 325830. Tickets are available at York Theatre Royal. To book online visit the York Theatre Royal website.
- More information on York International Women’s Week 2014 (8 to 15 March) at www.yorkwomen.org.uk/
- More information on Human Rights Defenders at the University of York at www.york.ac.uk/cahr/defenders/
- More information on the University of York’s Centre for Applied Human Rights at www.york.ac.uk/cahr/