A Never-Seen-Before program ‘Women who Named the Unnamed’ by Ajmer Rode

Program Poster designed by Mariam Zohra D.

‘Surrey weekends have become colorful these days. Variety of cultural programs presented by South Asian artists is one of the reasons. One such program I recently attended was, ‘Women Who named the Unnamed’ the like of which I can hardly remember ever seeing. The program, every aspect of it, exuded creativity and devotion. Truly inspiring. Presented by Surrey Muse Arts Society with some other South Asian organizations, the program celebrated women heroes from Pakistan and Canada. Poets, authors, social and political activists, scholars, theater artists… made the list. The program was presented on the Center Stage Surrey. And the five young women who presented it with their unique graceful artistry seemed to say the unsaid about the women heroes. Kudos to them five sui generis.

‘Each Pakistani woman was introduced highlighting how she challenged the very ethos of Pakistani culture, how she dared question the patriarcho-religious entrenchment that wants to keep women subservient. Salute to their initiatives, courage, dedication and championship. Local women heroes were also lauded for their bold initiatives and pioneer work to empower women in our androcentric milieu.

‘We need more programs like Women Who named the Unnamed. They inspire, especially our youth, to follow and excel their heroes. Our big thanks to Fauzia Rafique and other organizers whose vision and hard work culminated in such a wonderful program.’

From Ajmer Rode’s Facebook post published October 8, 2019.

 

Ajmer Rode is an author, poet and playwright based in Vancouver who has played an important role in the development of literature and art in BC’s Punjabi communities. Visit his Facebook page:

facebook.com/ajmer.rode

 

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Women Who Named the Unnamed is a project of
Surrey muse Arts Society (SMAS)

We gratefully acknowledge
that we are on the unceded Coast Salish territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen,
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
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‘An Engaging Inspiring Peaceful Calm and a High Caliber Event’ by Harinder Dhahan

End of the 3rd Sequence – Sunera Thobani, Surjeet Kalsey, Deanna Reder, Harsha Walia, Darshan Mann – with Hina Imam, Sameena Siddisui, Sana Janjua, Hafsah Durrani – photo by Sophia Eugeni

Celebration of Pakistani & Local Women Heroes

‘I along with my brother, sister, daughter and a niece were privileged to attend the Celebration of Pakistani & Local Women Heroes. It was an eyeopener to watch and realize how much adversity and hardship women go through to fight for their own and others’ rights. They take and are still taking daring steps to bring justice and equality. The women heroes advocated in diverse ways – through protests, dance/artistic performances, writing/publishing and providing safe spaces for women to express themselves.

‘The celebration was well organized with creativity, thoughtfulness, love and respect for all. The women who took the initiative to recognize, honour and celebrate the work being done by the women heroes are already walking in the footsteps of those great women fighters in order to continue their work. The presenters conducted this program in such a way by which they got the audience fully engaged. For example, when the presenters would light the candles, take off their flowers and attach them to the wreath after each segment, it gave the audience time to let the stories resonate and be an integral part of the whole program. All the participants/speakers were welcomed to the stage with genuine and sincere respect.

‘Just as the heroes’ work needs to continue, these events should continue to reach a wider audience in order to bring awareness about what’s happening in the women’s world and how women are trying to reach out by putting their own lives in danger.

‘All the organizers and helpers may have put in countless hours, effort and collective energy to produce such an engaging, inspirational, peaceful, calm and a high clibre event. I would like to commend the excellent work you have done. All the best in your future endeavors.’

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Women Who Named the Unnamed is a project of
Surrey muse Arts Society (SMAS)

We gratefully acknowledge
that we are on the unceded Coast Salish territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen,
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Buy Your Ticket for ‘Women Who Named the Unnamed – Pakistani & Local Women Heroes’


We are happy to announce that the Box Office at the Surrey City Hall is now open for this celebration of women. Your participation will allow us to express our gratitude to Sabeen Mahmud (1975-2015), Fahmida Riaz (1946-2018), Asma Jahangir (1952-2018), Madeeha Gauhar (1956-2018), Sarah Suhail, Sheema Kermani, Kishwar Naheed, Hina Jilani, Huma Safdar, Mukhtar Mai from Pakistan, and, Sunera Thobani, Surjeet Kalsey, Harsha Walia, Darshan Mann, Deanna Reder, and Katheren Szabo, a Surrey Woman of Courage.

Buy your ticket online at this link:
tickets.surrey.ca
Tickets $25
Box Office : 604-501-5566

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

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Project funded by
City of Surrey Cultural Grants, Hari Sharma Foundation, Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature, 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), 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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We gratefully acknowledge
that we are on the unceded Coast Salish territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen,
Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations.

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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:
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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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