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#FreeNasrinandLoujain: Virtual Reading of Women Writers at Risk around the World
Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh said, “Our children must not inherit silence. People everywhere deserve human rights and equality before the law.” Nasrin Sotoudeh and Saudi feminist Loujain Al-Hathloul represent the future of women and girls in every country. Together, their struggle for human rights through activism and free expression transcends the narrow boundaries of politics and religion. Women and individuals around the world have been imprisoned for their writing and free expression. Reading their works in solidarity amplifies their voices and challenges the suppression of their free expression in support of human rights.

Featuring an introduction by Executive Director of Amnesty International USA Paul O'Brien and moderated by journalist and writer Sarah Chayes, young women student activists will read excerpts of writing by women who have been imprisoned for their work, including Nasrin Sotoudeh, Loujain Al-Hathloul, Ugandan poet Stella Nyanzi, Vietnamese writer Pham Doan Trang, Belarusian philosopher Olga Shparaga, and Chinese online poet Zhang Wenfang. PEN America’s Karin Deutsch Karlekar, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’s Karen Robinson, and author of Zahra’s Paradise Amir Soltani will conclude the reading with a brief discussion and call to action. The selected works of Sotoudeh, Al-Hathloul, Nyanzi, Trang, Shparaga, and Zhang each represent the importance of speaking up for human rights and women’s rights.

Co-presented by PEN America, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Amnesty International USA, and the filmmakers of Nasrin, this event is free and open to the public with registration via Zoom. Visit nasrinandloujain.com and nasrinfilm.com for more ways to take action, and tag @penamerica @Nasrinfilm @RFKHumanRights @amnestyusa and use the hashtags #FreeNasrin #FreeLoujain #FreeNasrinandLoujain to share these women’s stories.

May 27, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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