Inter Pares to Stage Reading of SEVEN: A DOCUMENTARY PLAY

Ottawa-based social justice organization Inter Pares presents a staged reading of Seven: a documentary play for one night only on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. The play intertwines seven true stories told by women's rights activists from Russia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Northern Ireland.

Directed by 2017 Femmy Award winner Jessica Ruano, the play will be read by Maha Babeker, Dillon Black, Chelby Daigle, Adrian Harewood, Lesley Parlane, May Telmissany, and Rebecca Wolsak. The reading will be preceded by the presentation of the Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award to a Canadian organization whose work has had a positive and innovative impact on women's rights, and will be followed by a facilitated discussion with Inter Pares.

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Simultaneous English and French interpretation will be provided. This event is wheelchair-accessible through the Health Centre entrance.

Content warning: this play contains some graphic language and descriptions of violence


Seven: a documentary play was created from 2006-2007 and premiered in 2008. The play has since been translated into 20 languages and presented in over 30 countries internationally.

Seven tells the true stories of seven women who bravely fought for the well-being of women, families, and children around the globe: Marina Pisklakova-Parker in Russia, protecting women from domestic violence; Mu Sochua in Cambodia, rescuing girls from human trafficking; Anabella De León in Guatemala, giving voice to the poor; Farida Aziziin Afghanistan, empowering rural women; Hafsat Abiola in Nigeria and Mukhtar Mai in Pakistan, fighting for women's education and rights; and Inez McCormackin Northern Ireland, promoting peace and equality.

In 2010, Seven opened the Women in the World Summit, presented by Tina Brown and the Daily Beast, introduced by Hillary Clinton, directed by Julie Taymor, and starring Meryl Streep and an all-star cast at The Hudson Theatre on Broadway.


Inter Pares - which means among equals - believes in solidarity, not charity, as an approach to internationAl Cooperation. For over 40 years, we have worked closely with courageous activists and more than a hundred inspiring organizations throughout the world to build peace, advance justice and globalize equality.

Our programs largely focus on six global issues: food sovereignty, women's equality, peace and democracy, economic justice, health, and migration.

We work with long-term counterparts - local and national activist organizations -in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Canada.

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