Members of Afghan Parliament, regional government and civil society will portray seven women’s rights activists in documentary play Seven. The play will be featured in Dari in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh, Afghanistan’s northern province. The event takes place at the end of May (exact date will be disclosed closer to the day).

Seven has gained support from Balkh governor Atta Mohammed Noor,   Dr. Sima Samar, head of Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission and 2012 recipient of Right Livelihood Award (The Alternative Nobel Prize)  as well as from Dr Mohammad Afzal Adeed, head of Elected Provinical Council of Balkh province. Read the statements from Dr. Afzal Adeed & Sima Samar in support of Seven here.

The ensemble features several members of parliament, a district governor, and other prominent figures of government and civil society, male and female. The names will be disclosed closer to the event.

Seven in Mazar is presented by the Swedish Institute in cooperation with  the Swedish Transition Support Team of Mazar-e Sharif. The event was initated by ambassador Henrik Landerholm, who read the role of Afghan women’s rights activist Ms. Azizi, in a 2011 Seven-event in Almedalen.

Based on interviews conducted in 2007, Seven was created by seven award-winning playwrights: Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deveare Smith and Susan Yankowitz.

For more information on Seven in Mazar, please contact Hedda Krausz Sjögren, mobile +46 (0) 70 6737 372