Basira recently participated in the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women from the 8-20 March 2015 in New York.

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Please follow the link below to learn about Basira’s recent event at CSW.

Basira is a non-profit human rights organisation that promotes womens’ rights in the Arab world, as well as mutual understanding between Arabs and the Western world. “Basira Presents” is a film screening series that promotes films which explore key issues in our work, while delving deeper into the topics with follow-up panel discussions.

Sunday 5 October, 3pm
The Tricycle Theatre
269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR
020 7372 6611

Bastards follows an illiterate young woman who took on tradition, her own family and the Moroccan justice system, for the sake of her illegitimate child. As Morocco becomes the first Muslim regime to grant legal rights to single mothers, filmmaker Deborah Perkin gained unprecedented access over several weeks embedded in the community and was the first person to film in a court in Morocco.

Screening at the Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill Gate, February 27th 2014, Thursday 6:30pm, with main speaker Shereen El-Feki.

Egyptian director Mohamed Amin depicts the tale of two young single girls in Cairo who are set on getting married but are unable to find suitable grooms. It looks at the negative psychological impact of being without a husband in a society that prizes marriage as the only way for a girl to become a woman. It also shows the desperate measures they are willing to take in order to fight the stigma and how Egypt’s young males and female are in a difficult position where economic stresses and societal expectations are impossible to fulfil.

Shereen El Feki  (@shereenelfeki) is the author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World (Random House, 2013), shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award. Shereen started her career in medical science, with a doctorate in immunology from the University of Cambridge, before going on to become an award-winning healthcare correspondent with The Economist and a presenter with Al Jazeera English. She is the former vice-chair of the UN’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law, as well as a TED Global Fellow.

A short documentary film produced by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). It explores gender-based violence as experienced by a Palestinian refugee woman living in Lebanon. It asks whether or not there is hope for female survivors of domestic abuse.

A film screening followed by a panel discussion.

This edition of Basira Presents will show and discuss Cairo Exit: “A powerful account of life in contemporary Cairo, this raw drama about a pair of star-crossed lovers shines a powerful spotlight upon the social and cultural taboos that riddle the city’s diverse population. Heralding a bold new shift for contemporary Egyptian cinema, ‘Cairo Exit’ is a gritty and uncompromising work from a major new cinematic talent, Hesham Issawi.” (See IMDB for full description)

Date: September 26, 2013

Time: Doors open 18:30, Screening begins promptly at 18:45, Event ends at 21:00

Where:  Coronet Cinema, 103 Nottinghill Gate, London W11 3LB. Nearest tube: Nottinghill Gate

How: Please purchase tickets on Eventbrite. There will also be limited tickets for £10 on the door (CASH ONLY)

Inquiries: Please email us using the contact form.

This event is non-profit, and all proceeds go to the costs of the event itself.

We look forward to seeing you there!