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Ciné-ONU presents Prison Sisters – from oppression to liberation

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25 April – Prison Sisters, the follow-up to ‘No Burqas behind Bars’ (screened by Ciné-ONU 2013), depicts the dangerous, but worthwhile, transition from captivity and oppression to liberation and freedom. The film follows the journey of two young Afghani women, Sara and Najibeh, who have been released from prison and experience death threats and violence as a result of their past. While Sara escapes to Sweden and applies for asylum, Najibeh stays behind.

Introduction by Annika Hahn Englund Árni Snævarr and Nima Sarvestani

Ciné-ONU joined forces with the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, the Swedish Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg, UNFPA and UN Women to screen the film at Cinema Galeries, Brussels on 25 April 2017.

Panel Discussion

Moderated by Árni Snævarr (UNRIC), the panel discussion following the screening featured Nima Sarvestani, the international award-winning director of the film, Sietske Steneker, Director of the Brussels Office of UNFPA, and Dagmar Schumacher, Director of the UN Women Brussels Office.

Dagmar Schumacher highlighted the “role men play in achieving gender equality”, with Nima Sarvestani emphasizing that, in his experience, “both men and women need education to change the situation in Afghanistan.”

Actively participating audience

Answering the audience’s question as to which tools can be improved to accomplish this objective, Sietske Steneker made clear that there are so many issues that need to be resolved “and that’s why UNFPA and UN Women work in countries like Afghanistan to try and change the situation.” The panel members all agreed with Dagmar Schumacher’s comment that there still is a long way to go to achieve gender equality.

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