Muzvare Betty Makoni to speak at END FGM Fundraiser

 Upstairs at the Ritzy (Ritzy Cinema), Brixton Oval, London, SW2 1JG

Saturday 12 April, 7.00. £7.

—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—

This event aims to raise awareness around the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.  It is estimated that approximately 100-140 million women have undergone FGM and each year millions more girls are at risk of the practice worldwide.

By bringing together a variety of proactive individuals and organisations, who are working towards changing attitudes and eliminating FGM, we hope to create awareness around this issue.

One creative response will be from The Nomadic Reading Room – a library of artists books, art writing and interactive printmaking, who will present content in response to FGM. DIY posters will be produced on-site as rubbings of slogans spelled out in moveable type, which will be available to make and buy.

During the evening we welcome a range of guest speakers from leading UK charities such as Forward, Plan UK, The Girl Child Network and Daughters of Eve. With documentary films curated by DOC CON (a documentary film collective), music from Ravioli Me Away, a DJ set from SYMA and other responses to the topic from local Brixton businesses and artists.

All proceeds from this evening will go to the charities involved in this event.

 About the charities: 

Forward

The Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development – FORWARD – is an African Diaspora women’s campaign and support charity (registered in the UK).

We exist to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights as central to the wellbeing of African women and girls. We work with individuals, communities and organisations to transform harmful practices and improve the quality of life of vulnerable girls and women.

FORWARD was established in 1983 in the UK, in response to the emerging problems caused by female genital mutilation being seen by health professionals. Since this time FORWARD has been working to eliminate the practice and provide support to women affected by FGM. At our twenty year review FORWARD formally incorporated into its mandate other issues allied to Female Genital Mutilation, in particular vesico-vagina and recto-vagina fistulae and child and forced marriage.

Girl Child Network

Girl Child Network Worldwide is the lead organisation in empowering and educating girls in Africa making it the only grassroots organisation for girls sharing its model beyond country of origin. Our Girl Child Empowerment Model  is replicated all over the world by everyone. We inspire girls to take leadership in  gender equality  at community level. We believe girls are not victims. They only need their potential unleashed so that they reach their full potential. We are here to inspire and empower so that girls aspire and achieve. We are confident of what we do because we have over 300 000 girls we supported through girls clubs in Zimbabwe and now they are women leaders all over the world.

Plan UK

Plan is a global children’s charity. We work with children in the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future.

For over 75 years we’ve been taking action and standing up for every child’s right to fulfil their potential by:

  • giving children a healthy start in life, including access to safe drinking water
  • securing the education of girls and boys
  • working with communities to prepare for and survive disasters
  • inspiring children to take a lead in decisions that affect their lives
  • enabling families to earn a living and plan for their children’s future

With your support children, families and entire communities have the power to move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity.

– See more at: http://www.plan-uk.org/about-us/#sthash.L0fkDmCc.dpu

Daughters of Eve

Daughters of  Eve is a non profit organisation, that works to advance and protect the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health rights of  young people from female genital mutilation practising communities.

We recognise female genital mutilation (FGM) as a form of gender-based violence, which therefore  reflects and reinforces inequities between men and women and compromises the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims. Daughters of Eve believe that young people need to be supported holistically and work with women and girls should be based on their needs and not the act of violence.

Daughters of Eve came about after its founders working with FGM practicing communities for many years identified the need for specialist support and advocate service for young people within these communities. 

About the Ritzy Cinema and Upstairs at the Ritzy

Awarded Best Local Cinema in London in 2006, 2009 and 2010, the Ritzy Picturehouse is one of the most successful neighbourhood cinemas south of the river.

Five screens, a music and events venue / bar (UPSTAIRS AT THE RITZY) and a café/restaurant, support a programme of both independent and wider release films backed up by regular Opera, Theatre and Ballet broadcasts, weekly Parents and Baby screenings, Kids’ Club and Toddler’s screenings, Autism-Friendly screenings, Students screenings, Late Night screenings , a regular schools programme and a host of one-off events