Film Screening: Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter

FORWARD will be screening the film Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter next Monday as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign.

The film tells the story of a African mother in the US who tries to save her daughter from the tradition of female genital mutilation (FGM) – something that happened to her as a child and would surely happen to her daughter if they were sent home. She is from Mali where up to 85% of females suffer through clitoral excision.

I wrote an article back in March for Seven Magazine which goes into more detail about the practice of FGM.

Date: 7 December 2009
Time: 6:30 – 9:30
Cost: Free, but reserve a ticket.
Place: Amnesty International UK, The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA


Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter


Female genital cutting

Amnesty International UK

Film Screening: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

International Alert is screening Pray the Devil Back to Hell next week. I hear it’s well worth catching so I thought I’d share.

It’s an inspiring story about brave Liberian women, both Christian and Muslim, who helped restore peace in their country torn apart by a brutal civil war through non-violent protests. Awarded Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, it is said to be an eye-opener to the power of ordinary people and grassroots activism. 

The evening will close with a Q&A session chaired by Oona King, with Etweda “sugars” Cooper and Asatu Bah Kenneth, two protagonists in the film.

Date: Wednesday, 2 December, 2009
Time: 6-9pm
Place:  Kings Place – 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
RSVP: Contact Minna at


Pray the Devil Back to Hell

International Alert

On Liberia