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Enduring Freedom: new writing by Afghan women

Contrasting responses from Afghan women in reading event, 3 October

Issued on 28 September 2010

Afghan women’s responses to the war in Afghanistan will be presented in three dramatic readings at Embrace Arts, the University of Leicester’s arts centre on Lancaster Road, Leicester at 7pm on Sunday 3 October 2010.

Since the beginning of the present war in Afghanistan, women's rights have become a major focus for feminists and political leaders alike.

Many argue that the war is concerned with securing women's rights to education, healthcare and access to the workplace. Others argue that political leaders have cloaked violence in women's rights. But what have Afghan women got to say?

This event in the ‘Everybody’s Reading’ series features three dramatic readings of contrasting responses to the conflict by Afghan women followed by a brief discussion.

Event organiser, Dr Corinne Fowler, commented: ‘This is a rare opportunity to hear new writing from Afghanistan and to gain a sense of its range and diversity. The pieces will be read against a backdrop of recent photographs of Afghanistan. Representatives of the City of Leicester’s Afghan community will also be present at the event.’

For further information and to book your free place call Corinne Fowler on 07791989672 or email

Embrace Arts is at the Richard Attenborough centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA.

Contact Embrace Arts on 0116 252 2455 or e-mail or visit


For further information or images please contact Corinne Fowler on or 07791989672.

Notes to Editors:

Embrace Arts

As the University of Leicester’s arts centre, Embrace Arts offers opportunities to everyone to participate in the arts without barriers in ways that challenge and inspire. Its welcoming 180-seater performance area, art studios, exhibition gallery and bright foyer space enable people to engage with the arts as audiences, performers and learners.

Still one of the few arts venues that can boast a fully-accessible facility, Embrace Arts provides a focal point for cultural life on campus and in the wider community.


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