The Sydney Feminists are proud to invite you to the Australian premiere of Equality Now’s uplifting and powerful short film Africa Rising which celebrates the rise in Africa of grass-roots, community movement to end the centuries-old practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
You will be treated to incredible African food from African Feeling which serves the best West African food in Sydney from the fabulous restaurant in Newtown and an exciting performance of traditional Ethiopian dance and folk dance by Ethopian dancers Samrawit. Samrawit means “she who unites and unifies” and with their performances, Samrawit aim to bring together the Ethiopian tribes through a passion for dance.
There will also be an exhibition of African bead work, in support of women in Kenya. The Zoos Victoria Beads for Wildlife program was started to help save habitat for Kenyan wildlife and support the local community. The program is ultimately aimed at empowering women and girls to become economically independent. The flow on effect is that young girls are being sent to school rather than undergoing FGM and being sold in early marriage. They are learning about the harmful effects of FGM at school. Therefore, supporting the program is an indirect way to help girls at risk of FGM through economic empowerment.
This event will raise money for the African Women Australia’s FGM education program “Our Voices: Filling the Gaps - FGM Spokesperson's Project” which aims to support women who have survived the practice to allow the voices of the affected communities to be heard. The evening’s line-up will include guest speakers from the African Women Australia project and the founder of No FGM Australia, Paula Ferrari.
No FGM Australia, Australia’s leading organisation working to abolish FGM in Australia, is proud to support The Sydney Feminists and African Women Australia in bringing you this remarkable event.
• Date: 30th June 2014
• Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
• Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
• Tickets: $35 (purchase online)
Seats are limited so please book early so you don’t miss out on what promises to be a memorable evening.
Can't attend but would like to donate to the cause? Send a donation to the film makers Equality Now.
- Since 1992, Equality Now has advanced and protected the human rights of women and girls around the world with the generous support of individuals and organizations.
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