OPENING: LETTER FROM AFGHANISTAN
READ BY RAMYA NAIR
(WRITTEN BY BATUL MORADI)
Batul succeeded in prosecuting her ex-husband for slander of adultery, resulting in two years imprisonment. She was the first woman in Afghanistan to do so. Batul was able to publish a memoir of her battle for custody and dignity. Given the insanely unjust custody laws and the rampant sexual harassment and corruption in the judicial sector in Afghanistan, her book is a gem of historical importance. Titled Ghadf (meaning “Slander”), Batul’s book chronicles, in Persian, her life after marriage as she fought for divorce, custody, and against defamation.
This is her letter to FiLiA.
SPOTLIGHT SPEECH: FROM FGM SURVIVOR TO CAMPAIGNER AND TEACHER
Inequality women and girls of the world face. FGM is part of gender and honour-based violence, talk about my experience tying to FGM
SPOTLIGHT SPEECH: VIVASNOSQUEREMOS (WE WANT US ALIVE)
ANGELES ANCHOU AND PILLAR GOLDMAN
SPOTLIGHT PERFORMANCE: GRANDDAUGHTERS
POEM BY CARI-LEE MILLAR
We are the granddaughters and great-granddaughters
of the Witches you could not burn
as well as some of those whom you did.
We will rise …