• Ameena Atiq



Shaping Change: Women, Culture and Art

Take a look back at Bay TV's 52% report on LAAF 2015's keynote Symposium, ‘Shaping Change: Women, Culture and Art’ which took place at Bluecoat on Monday 8 June. Together, speakers, performers and audience members explored what happens when female creative aspirations breach the boundaries of cultural norms.


Presented in partnership with Savera Liverpool, the Symposium was facilitated by Nazir Afzal OBE, former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England and London, and a tireless campaigner on issues relating to women’s rights. The event presented a mix of moving personal accounts and professional and academic perspectives.

Ameena Atiq revealed her experience as a talented young female Yemeni poet, brought up in Liverpool. Award-winning artist Rachel Gadsden shared her experience of creating cross-cultural visual dialogues with Arab women, many of whom have disabilities.  PD. Dr. Elham Manea gave her perspective as a Yemeni/Swiss Associate Professor specialising in the Middle East. A writer, and a human rights activist, her latest publication is entitled The Arab State and Women’s Rights: The Trap of Authoritarian Governance. Musician Nadya Shanab introduced and performed a number of acoustic pieces, inspired by difficult issues, such as FGM.

You can also read a review of the event by Georgina Wright for Corridor 8.

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Very thoughtful presentations, totally inspired and I loved the beautiful poetry by Ameena Atiq.

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