To mark the annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, Remembering Srebrenica’s Community Champions put on a screening of ‘The Fog of Srebrenica’ in central Manchester along with a Q&A with the multi-award winning Director, Samir Mehanovic.
A packed house also heard readings of survivor testimony and spoken word poetry from local activists and Community Champions who have been on the ‘Lessons from Srebrenica’ educational visits programme. The powerful and moving film had a big impact on the audience with its shocking stories of survivors struggling to come to terms with the aftermath of violence that was unleashed by a campaign of hatred culminating with the genocide 21 years ago.
Remembering Srebrenica’s Amelia Handy spoke to the audience of the lessons that can be learnt from what was shown in the film and the need to stand together against hatred today in Britain. With hate crime and violence against women, particularly, at alarming levels everyone was reminded of the need to bring communities together and create a safer, more cohesive society.
Amna Abdullatif, National Schools Engagement Officer for Women’s Aid, community psychologist and Remembering Srebrenica Community Champion, chaired this event and you can read more details as well as her reflections on it here.
To support the 16 Days of Activism from 25th November to 10th December (Human Rights Day), Remembering Srebrenica has also produced an article highlighting the work of powerful and inspirational women who stand up to sexual violence and support victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Read it here.