REFUSING TO BE SILENCED 2018
WOW FESTIVAL – Brisbane Powerhouse – Brisbane, Australia
Saturday 7th April (10-11am) 2018
RAW in WAR “Refusing To Be Silenced” brings together international women of courage who stand for human rights and justice in war and conflict zones around the world.
In this session you will hear from brave women from conflict zones, who are refusing to be silenced, despite the danger they are facing. Civilians, and especially women, during conflict have become the primary targets of armed groups and rape is increasingly used as a weapon of war. Women human rights defenders are being persecuted, imprisoned and killed for speaking out on behalf of the victims.
The speakers include: the founder of RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in War) and the Anna Politkovskaya Award, international human rights activist and journalist Mariana Katzarova, Pashtun human rights and peace activist Gulalai Ismail from Pakistan, co-founder of Aware Girls and 2017 Anna Politkovskaya Award winner, peace activist Mary Kini, co-founder of Kup Women for Peace from Papua New Guinea and women’s rights activist Sharon Bhagwan Rolls from Fiji, executive producer / director of femLINKpacific and chair of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.
The event will be chaired by journalist Emma Griffiths, a radio presenter at ABC Radio Brisbane.
Who are the women who risk their lives to speak the truth?
This is a platform through which human rights abuses against women and girls can be discussed, and has included previous Anna Politkovskaya Award winners. Our events enable others to hear from these often, ordinary women who find themselves in exceptional circumstances where they decide to rise to the challenge. Our aim is to share their experiences and voices with a wider audience and enable a discussion, which we hope will inspire others to take action in their own communities.