Assembly Hall (Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland)

Assembly Hall

Palais des Nations

A Building, 3rd floor - Door 14

Organized by the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, International Gender Champions and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, in collaboration with the United Nations Office at Geneva.


This event includes: 

An opening musical performance by Opera Singer Barbara Hendricks, UNCHR Goodwill Ambassador.

reading of the documentary play SEVEN

By Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz 


And a discussion with readers and experts from the International Geneva - 'How do we turn policies into practices, build a culture of respect and accountability, and create Safe Spaces where human dignity is upheld for all?'


The readers of SEVEN include:

General Sir Richard Shirreff, (Former NATO Deputy Supreme Commander Europe)

Anja Wyden Guelpa, (State Chancellor of Geneva)

Monica Ferro, (Director UNFPA Geneva)

Sophia Pierre-Antoine, (World YWCA activist from Haiti)

Japleen Pasricha, (Founder and Director of Feminism in India)

About SEVEN on Tour:

  SEVEN has toured 42 countries, including NATO HQ and the European Parliament.  It weaves together the stories of seven courageous women activists from Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala and Cambodia who overcame abuse of power and advanced Women’s rights.  Diverse actors have come together to read the powerful testimonies, and in doing so transformed mindsets and behaviours.

SEVEN has strengthened cooperation between stakeholders from grass root to governmental level and empowered individual activists in their local communities.

 #7onTourGeneva will be the first reading within the United Nations, and the first in Switzerland.  


#Press for Progress - Turn Policies into Practices

SEVEN will take place during the week leading up to the Human Rights Council meeting focusing on Women’s rights, when a diverse international and diplomatic audience will be gathering.  The aim is to support International Geneva 'walk the talk' in leading a culture of respect and accountability to uphold human dignity, and create organisations that are free of harassment, abuse, and discrimination.  SEVEN will catalyse and amplify work already being done to make our Assemblies harassment-free, to challenge sexist attitudes and to create spaces for diverse voices to be heard. 


Join the journey to create Safe Spaces together.  




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