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February 4, 2012

Oxford House : Muted Cry - Play and discussion on Female Genital Mutilation

 OCEAN Somali Community Association in partnership with FORWARD are inviting you once again to an evening of theater and discussion on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) which will take place on Thursday 9th February 2012, from 6.00pm to 10.00pm at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG.
 The evening will be opened with a short, entertaining and emotive play that seeks to underline the devastating effect of FGM. ‘Muted Cry’ is based on information and testimonies gathered from women participating in the project 'Community Against FGM' and is written by Abdirahman Yusuf Artan, a playwright and director renowned for addressing social issues through drama. It is directed by Shirin Monks who combines her passion for and experience in theatre with her commitment to protecting the rights and safety of African women and girls.

The first time it was performed, the play received fantastic feedback and many reported it was beautifully acted and directed and it captured well family dynamics, gender relations and generational differences. The play will be performed in English and the cast is from a diverse ethnic background.

The play will be followed by a panel which will discuss the issues raised by the play. The panel will include:

- Idil Osman (Chair) author of ‘Somalia to Europe: Stories from the Somali Diaspora and Europe’

- Leyla Hussein, Psychotherapist and Co-founder of the ‘Daughters of Eve’

- Comfort Momoh MBE, FGM/Public Health specialist at African Well Women’s clinic, Guys & St. Thomas Hospital

- Saria Khalifa, Youth Programmes Coordinator at FORWARD.

- Sheikh Mohamoud Sheikh Dalmar, Scholar, Somali journalist with years of experience with BBC Somali Services and other Somali Media outlets, works now for Horn cable.

- Sheikh Ebrahim Cham, Imam and leader of the Sene/Gambian Community in UK, Founder and Chief Executive of the Ansarudeen Cultural Association UK, (A religious voluntary and charity organisation) and also works with the Manor Gardens as FGM advocate.

This event is free however, please register with Saynab Mahamud by email at saynabm@yahoo.co.uk