Oxford Human Rights Festival

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Women in Adversity

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


For the 14th year the festival will bring together people of different backgrounds to participate in a culture packed festival that engages with a constant issue from across the globe. Through this selection of film, design, talks, performance and workshops, we aim to raise awareness of a range of human rights issues here in the UK and across the world. The festival is free and open to everyone.

The overall theme of the festival this year is Adversity, and in particular four sub-themes:

  • Women in Adversity
  • Environmental adversity:climate change
  • Fleeing adversity: refugees
  • Adversity closer to home

The centerpiece of the Festival this year will be Women in Adversity: Contemporary and Traditional Crafts as a Source of Hope and Income, an exhibition of crafts made by women facing daily situations of conflict, poverty and disease. The exhibition runs from 25th January to 9th of February in The Glass Tank.

Full programme

Wednesday 10 February 2016

  • 19:30 Screening: Suffragette JHBB main lecture theatre (introduced by director Sarah Gavron, hosted by third year Film Studies student Synne Akselberg, with tutor Lindsay Steenberg) *please note that this event is fully booked

Thursday 11 February 2016

  • 12:30 Screenings: shorts about refugees Death of Schengen + Emigrant 
  • 17:30 Screening: Muhazir
  • 19:00 Screening: He Named Me Malala JHBB main lecture theatre (with OBUDocClub: introduced by Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai and with reception beforehand in the Glass Tank) *please note that this event is fully booked

Friday 12 February 2016

  • 12:30 Screenings: shorts about the environment,  Life Mosaic film and talk about indigenous rights and land grabs
  • 17:30 Performance: Home/Less, with Ahmed Masoud (reading), Laura Ryhänen (vocals, kantele) and Mikko Kuisma (harmonium, vocals)
  • 18:30 Screenings: shorts about refugees (reprise)
  • 19:00 Dabke dancing workshop, with Ahmed Masoud

Saturday 13 February 2016

  • 12:30 Screenings: shorts about home, Larry and Janet move out + Not Just Homeless
  • 15:00 Screening: God Grew Tired Of Us, with panel discussion on refugees with Cathrine Brun, new Head of CENDEP and Hazel Healy of the New Internationalist
  • 17:30 Performance: Broke, by Ice & Fire
  • 19:30 Screening: Promised Land, Q&A with Friends of the Earth on fracking