War, Women and the Human Spirit
Begins: Friday June 6, 2014
The University of Winnipeg Global College and the Winnipeg Art Gallery are pleased to present an evening of poetic performances of women's voices from conflict zones around the globe. This event commemorates a 100 years of war and pays homage to the survivors of a century of genocide and mass atrocities, and celebrates the indefatigable human spirit that renews itself despite devastation.
The evening will begin with a potent and poignant performance by internationally renowned peace activist and scholar-practitioner-poet Dr. Rama Mani from the University of Oxford & World Future Council. She will share lyrical testimonies of women survivors from the genocides and wars of the last 100 years, and render poetic recitals of how women have negotiated power to transform violence, revitalize culture, and shape peace in collaboration with men. Rama’s performance draws on her personal encounters and experiences over decades of working on conflict and post-conflict justice. They remind us of the resilience and courage of ordinary women and men in the face of extraordinary crises.
The performance will be followed with a roundtable discussion Marilou McPhedran, Director of the Institute for International Women's Rights, University of Winnipeg and Regine King, Professor of Social Work, University of Manitoba. King is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide and focuses her research on forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing after atrocity. There will also be art exhibitied by Tanisha Bhana (South Africa) and music by Yolande Ambiana and Estelle Guimbang Hughes.
Rama will facilitate a dynamic and interactive dialogue between the speakers and the audience, to bring alive the themes evoked in the performance, to bring them home to the Canadian context, and to debate the prospects for international peace and security at a time of volatile global crisis.
The event will be followed by a reception. This evening offers an unforgettable experience to renew our faith in humanity and crystallize our collective commitment to a century of peace after 100 years of brutality.
Event is free, donations are welcome.