Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Nigerian Première of "In The Name Of Your Daughter" on May 23

The Nigerian première of Giselle Portenier's award-winning film, "In The Name Of Your Daughter" will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Silverbird Cinemas in the Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos. From 10am - 2pm.

The première is cosponsored by Global Affairs Canada and International Digital Post Network Limited, the leading champion of the education of underprivileged girls in Nigeria and major independent  organiser of the annual United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child in Nigeria.

The Special Guest of Honour is His Excellency, Mr. Ryan A. Ward, the Deputy High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria.

The purpose of the Nigerian première is to increase the campaign for the total eradication of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria since the former President  of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed a federal law banning FGM in May 2015, making it a criminal offence. But violations of the law continue in the most populous country in Africa.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is most common in the south west of Nigeria.  Out of 200 million women who have undergone FGM in the world, Nigeria accounts for 20 million women. 25 percent of women in Nigeria have been genitally mutilated. Out of this, 13 percent of such cases were carried out by medical professionals.

About The Film:

“Parents have no right to cut their daughters.
They only have the right to educate them and help them to fulfill their dreams.”
- Janet, 13.
"In The Name Of Your Daughter" is the heartbreaking and heartwarming fly-on-the-wall story of the most courageous girls in the world, children in Northern Tanzania who are risking their lives to defy their destiny and follow their dreams. These girls, some as young as eight, are running away from home, leaving everything and everyone they love behind to save themselves from female genital mutilation and avoid being sold off into a child marriage. And it’s the story of one of Africa’s most charismatic women, Rhobi Samwelly, a brave local hero who confronts her community and protects the girls in her Safe House.


About Giselle PORTENIER:

Giselle Portenier is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, who has consistently focused on human rights, especially the human rights of women and children.
Her work has been instrumental in changing minds, changing lives, and changing laws.
Much of her career was spent at the BBC in England.  She has written articles and made television and radio documentaries about Child Slavery in West Africa, Honor Killings in Pakistan, the murder of baby girls and the abortion of the female foetus in India, Sex Trafficking in Thailand, the Baby Trade in Paraguay, the horrific effects of war on children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the climate of violence and murder of women in Guatemala, the trade in human organs in India and China, and the terrible sexual violence perpetrated on women during Rwanda's Genocide.  Most recently, she has been writing a series of articles on female genital mutilation (FGM), highlighting the plight of thousands of women and girls in Canada who are survivors of Female Genital Mutilation/FGM.
She was the first CanWest Global visiting professor at the University of British Coumbia, spent a year in Cambodia for the BBC running a mass media health campaign to combat HIV Aids and improving Maternal and Child Health, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma.
Through the Forum, Portenier sponsors the annual Portenier Human Rights Bursary to enable a human rights journalist attend a hostile environments course which will help them stay safe while doing their job.
She regularly speaks about human rights, gender issues, the media, and more.
In June 2014 she received  an honorary doctorate from Carleton University, in Ottawa.

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