Seven award-winning playwrights Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, Susan Yankowitz - have created a collaborative work for the theatre based upon personal interviews and oral histories of seven extraordinary women whose work - benefits the citizens of their diverse cultures: Marina Pisklakova-Parker (Russia), Mukhtar Mai (Pakistan), Hafsat Abiola (Nigeria), Inez McCormack (Northern Ireland), Farida Azizi (Afghanistan), Annabella De Leon (Guatemala), and Sochua Mu (Cambodia). The play is a testament to their extraordinary acts and common humanity in the face of injustice and violence. Directed by Evan Yionoulis.
PERFORMED LIVED AT:
WOMEN'S FORUM FOR THE ECONOMY & SOCIETY - DEAUVILLE, FRANCE
GOLDMAN SACHS DIVERSITY WEEK - LONDON, ENGLAND
CULTURE PROJECT, WOMEN CENTER STAGE SERIES - NYC, USA
LA MAMA - NYC, USA
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PLAY
When a higher caste tribe accused Mukhtar Mai’s brother of holding hands with one of their own, she was ordered to suffer in her brother’s place. Four men gang raped Mukhtar in a deserted shed before making her walk naked through the village.
In Pakistan, female victims of such “honor crimes” are expected to commit suicide out of shame. Mukhtar took her attackers to court instead. Her audacity captivated international headlines, and the global spotlight helped her rightfully win the case.
Mukhtar put her compensation money toward building two schools in her village of Meerwala. For victims and perpetrators alike, she sees education as the gateway to freedom.
Today, the Mukhtar Mai Women’s Welfare Organization oversees a crisis center, shelter, clinic, ambulance service, hotline and four schools with 900 enrolled students.
When Mukhtar was invited to share her testimony in the United States, the Pakistani government denied her travel visa and placed her under house arrest in an attempt of censorship. Only following great international attention and pressure was the travel ban lifted.
Mukhtar continues her work despite raids on her schools and government persecution. Her story is profiled in our documentary play, SEVEN.