‘Women Who Named the Unnamed : Pakistani & Local Women Heroes’ – Saturday 28 Sept 2019 – Centre Stage – Surrey City Hall

You are warmly invited to participate in a delightful experience of coming to know in one evening 15 wonderful women of our time. Presented by five Hosts, this three-hour stage show uses short videos and props to communicate the ‘feel’ of women’s work and contributions to our cultures and societies. From Pakistan, Sabeen Mahmud (1975-2015), Fahmida Riaz (1946-2018), Asma Jahangir (1952-2018), Madeeha Gauhar (1956-2018), Sarah Suhail, Sheema Kirmani, Kishwar Naheed, Hina Jilani, Huma Safdar, Mukhtar Mai, and, we will also be honored by the presence of the following distinguished guests:

Sunera Thobani
Scholar/activist/author, Vancouver CA
Surjeet Kalsey
Poet/author/translator, Burnaby CA
Harsha Walia
Author/activist/organizer, Vancouver CA
Darshan Mann
Theatre actor/activist/organizer, Surrey CA
Dorothy Christian
Scholar/filmmaker/author, Vancouver CA

Women Who Named the Unnamed
Pakistani & Local Women Heroes

Saturday, September 28, 2019
6 – 9 PM
Centre Stage
Surrey City Hall
13450 – 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC, Canada V3T 1V8
Phone: 604-591-4011

Tickets $25
Box Office : 604-501-5566

Project funded by
City of Surrey, Cultural Grants, Hari Sharma Foundation, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia (UBC), South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Centre for India and South Asia Research, University of British Columbia (UBC), Fraser Valley Peace Council (FVPC), Communist Party of Canada (CPC), Department of Language and Cultures, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)

Presented by
Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS), South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD), Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC)

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In Gratitude we Celebrate our Women Heroes

In gratitude, and with immense joy, we recognize and celebrate life by telling the stories of some of the most inspiring and courageous women of our time- the women without who our local and global histories(!) can not be complete.

Tribute to the Brilliance
Sabeen Mahmud (1975-2015), arts activist/poet/organizer, Karachi PK
Fahmida Riaz (1946-2018), poet/publisher/activist, Karachi PK
Asma Jahangir (1952-2018), lawyer/human rights activist/author, Lahore PK
Madeeha Gauhar (1956-2018), theatre director/producer/actor, Lahore PK
Sarah Suhail, queer feminist activist, Lahore PK

Honor/Cherish the Continuity
Sheema Kirmani, dancer/activist/mentor, Karachi PK
Kishwar Naheed, poet/author/organizer, Islamabad PK
Hina Jilani, lawyer/human rights activist, Lahore PK
Huma Safdar, theatre director/producer/actor, Lahore PK
Mukhtaran Mai, organizer/leader/survivor, Muzaffargarh PK

Celebrate the (here and) Now
Sunera Thobani, scholar/activist/author, Vancouver CA
Surjeet Kalsey, poet/author/translator, Burnaby CA
Harsha Walia, author/activist/organizer, Vancouver CA
Darshan Mann, theatre actor/activist/organizer, Surrey CA
Dorothy Christian, scholar/filmmaker/author, Vancouver CA

We will tell these wonderful stories through our web page, and by producing short informative videos, posters, buttons, a booklet, articles and posts- leading upto the scheduled event in September.

Women Who Named the Unnamed – Pakistani & Local Women Heroes
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 6 – 9 PM
Centre Stage, Surrey City Hall, Surrey BC

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Celebrating Pakistan’s Women Heroes

In the recent past, four of Pakistan’s prominent women artists/activists have passed away. Those women are Sabeen Mahmud (activist, murdered in Karachi), Fahmida Riaz (poet/activist), Asma Jahangir (lawyer/HR activist), Madeeha Gauhar (Theatre actor/director/producer). We have not had the chance to mourn their deaths or to celebrate their lives even though each one of them, with many others, had stood up to the oppressors and had dedicated her life to ‘naming the unnamed’ in the face of adversity.

Surrey Muse, in collaboration with South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD) and Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC), is honored to produce a memorial program to present those and more heroic women’s lives and their life long contributions to Pakistani society and to the international women’s movements.

The program is perceived in the larger context of the country’s politics and international misogynistic societal structures, and, it strives to connect and engage local audiences around the commonality of women’s experiences where national boundaries become irrelevant as we connect across cultures and continents. View more here:

This program that is being created as a Stage Show for Metro Vancouver, will be a complete prototype of a well-researched and well-produced 3-hour program on Pakistani women that can easily be morphed and tailored to the needs of diverse audiences and locations within Canada, the USA, and elsewhere- where the last part allows for the recognition and celebration of woman local to that area.

The first Stage Show is set to happen on Saturday, September 28, 6-9pm at Surrey City Hall’s Centre Stage. We have just begun moving toward it, your support is urgently requested.

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