Amnesty and The Live Literature Company host Forum Theatre evening on FGM

Amnesty International UK’s Creative Writers’ Group and The Live Literature Company will host a Forum Theatre evening on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 1st May 2014.

Female Genital Mutilation FGMThe free to attend event will be held at the Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA, from 18:30 to 22:00.

Jennette Arnold OBE will share her personal experiences of FGM from her career as a nurse.

There will be dramatised readings from ‘Woman at Point Zero’ written by Nawal El Saadawi, a former Egyptian gynaecologist.

The event will also feature a voice recording by London African women of a short play written by Ann Garrett, ‘A Trip to Nigeria’, dramatising how girls are taken from the UK ‘on holiday’ to Africa, only to discover FGM is going to be performed on them.

It will also feature a short play ‘First Love’ written by Valerie Doulton, dramatising issues raised by inter-cultural relationships.

After the performances, there will be short presentations from the panel, and the opportunity to discuss the next steps needed to abolish FGM in the UK.

The panel will consist of: Dr Nadia El Kholy Ph.D. – Cultural Counsellor and Director of the Egyptian Cultural Bureau, London; Yvette Robbin-Coker – Representing FORWARD, leading FGM charity in the UK; David Maidment OBE – Representing Amnesty International and head of Amnesty’s Children Human Rights Network; Valerie Doulton – Founder and Director of The Live Literature Company; and Qudrat Khan – Student representative of the University of Kent’s Amnesty International group, and of the UK Muslim community.

The programme will begin promptly at 19.00. Click here to book your ticket. Please note that this ticket doesn’t guarantee entry. Seats are allocated on a first come first served basis, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.