Ambassadors and senior diplomats will perform on stage in support of the ‘16 Days Campaign’ against Gender-Based Violence (December 7)

Ambassadors and senior diplomats will perform on stage in support of the ‘16 Days Campaign’ against Gender-Based Violence (December 7)

This evening, seven senior diplomats will go on stage at the Marjanishvili Theatre in Tbilisi to perform in the internationally acclaimed documentary play “Seven”. Their performance will take place in support of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. The play tells the true story of seven women who bravely fought for the rights of women, children and families around the globe. The play is presented as a staged reading. Each role will be performed by one of the seven members of the Tbilisi Diplomatic Corps:

H.E. Ambassador Jos Douma, The Netherlands, will perform the role of Marina Pisklakova-Parker, Russia

  • H.E. Ambassador Rudolf Michalka, Slovak Republic, will perform the role of Inez McCormack, Northern Ireland
  • H.E. Ambassador Justin McKenzie Smith, United Kingdom, will perform the role of Mu Sochua, Cambodia
  • H.E. Ambassador Ian C. Kelly, United States of America, will perform the role of Anabella de Leon, Guatemala
  • H.E. Ambassador Kęstutis Jankauskas, Head of the European Union Monitoring Mission, will perform the role of Farida Azizi, Afghanistan
  • Mr. William Lahue, Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia, will perform the role of Hafsat Abiola, Nigeria
  • Mr. Shombi Sharp, Resident Representative a.i., United Nations Development Programme in Georgia, will perform the role of Mukhtar Mai, Pakistan. T

he play will be introduced by Member of Parliament, Helen Khoshtaria. It was created by seven award-winning playwrights: Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz. It has been performed around the world including in Sweden, in the EU parliament in Brussels and in New York, where Hillary Clinton introduced the play and Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep portrayed Inez McCormack, the Northern Irish trade union, women’s and human rights activist.

This evening’s performance is initiated by The European Union Monitoring Mission and the Women’s Fund in Georgia with support from the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Embassy, and directed by Thomas Burns. It forms a part of the ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign’ activities in Georgia, running from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.