SafeHands at Women Deliver

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SafeHands and our partners will showcase our work at Women Deliver through a power stage talk, satellite events, film festival and a photography exhibition. Join us for any of these sessions or get in touch to learn more about our multimedia approach to deliver last mile health messages.  

We will be talking about the work we do to put vital sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information into the hands of women and girls to make full, free and informed choices.  

Monday 3 June 

9.00 – 11.00: Rights, Power and Women’s Bodies –A bold and inspiring event that demonstrates the UK’s unwavering leadership on critical women’s rights issues. Speakers will discuss stigma, shame and power of neglected areas of the SRHR agenda. The event will include a high-level political announcement from DFID on SRHR programmes. SafeHands will co-host this flagship event with the UK’s Department for International Development, Frontline AIDs, Marie Stopes International, Plan International UK, and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

12.30 – 14.00: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting - Myths, Stories, Action – a dynamic discussion on global perspective and efforts to end FGM/C co-hosted by Islamic Relief and SafeHands in collaboration with the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health (CanWaCH). Speakers will discuss survivor stories; religious and cultural reasons used to justify FGM/C; and local and grassroots efforts to tackle misconceptions that perpetuate FGM/C. More information here.  

Wednesday 5 June 

14.05 – 14.15: Power Stage Talk by Nancy Durrell McKenna, Power Stage, Fueling Station – With 35 years of experience as an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, our Founder Director Nancy Durrell McKenna will take to the Power Stage to discuss the power of photography and film to tackle big subjects like female genital mutilation and child marriage through the stories that spark action and inspire discussion. 

Thursday 6 June 

10.30am: The Dipo Ceremony, Film Festival Lounge, Fueling Station. Join us for a screening of our film that follows young Krobo women in Eastern Ghana through a ceremony celebrating the rite of passage from puberty to her role as a woman, through adornment of her body with traditional beads and jewellery. 

From Friday 7 June: Opening of In SafeHands Photography Exhibition - The Royal British Columbia (BC) Museum in Victoria will feature the photographic work of founder Nancy Durrell McKenna, and provide audiences with a broad understanding of the complex and devasting challenges women face. More information here.  


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