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Belarus' high-ranking officials take part in documentary play on women's rights

Society 03.11.2015 | 09:05
At the play
At the play

MINSK, 3 November (BelTA) – The project Seven, a documentary play about problems of gender-based violence and violation of women's rights, was presented at the Yanka Kupala National Academic Theater of Belarus on 2 November, BelTA has learned.

Head of the project Seven, Deputy Representative of the UNFPA in Belarus Elena Kasko

At the documentary play Seven

The play is based on personal interviews with seven women from different countries. The words pronounced from the stage represent a direct message to the audience. The roles are performed by non-professional actors. Partaking in the project in Minsk were Belarus President's aide Kirill Rudy, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alena Kupchyna, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection Alexander Rumak, Ambassador of Sweden to Belarus Martin Aberg, representatives of the Health Ministry, the Interior Ministry, and the Education Ministry.

Head of the main department of medical assistance at the healthcare Ministry Yelena Bogdan

At the documentary play Seven

“We have a wonderful troupe. It comprises representatives of almost all the ministries, agencies that are combating domestic violence and violence against women in Belarus jointly with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),” Deputy Representative of the UNFPA in Belarus Elena Kasko noted. She stressed that Belarus takes concrete steps to fight these problems. For example, a draft law on domestic violence is currently under consideration.

Head of the Prevention Office of the Central Office for Law Enforcement and Prevention of the Public Security Police of the Belarusian Interior Ministry Oleg Karazei, head of the department of youth affairs at the Education Ministry Natalia Pshenichnaya

At the documentary play Seven

“There are many public associations that cooperate with government agencies and provide assistance to victims of domestic violence. At present, we are focused on the development of mechanisms of cross-sectoral cooperation,” Elena Kasko noted.

At the documentary play Seven

At the documentary play Seven

It is expected that the play will be performed four times, in Minsk and regional capitals this year and in early 2016. Each time the troupe will comprise new actors, including famous Belarusian athletes and cultural workers.

Deputy Labor and Social Security Minister Alexander Rumak

Oleg Karazei, Natalia Pshenichnaya, Alexander Rumak

Martin Oberg, Yelena Bogdan, Kirill Rudy, Alena Kupchyna, Oleg Karazei

The play Seven was first staged in New York in 2008. Since then, it has been performed in different countries with the participation of some 600 public figures – government officials, MPs, representatives of public associations. Belarus is the 28th country to stage the play. The play Seven aims to promote public discussion about violence against women. The idea of the play belongs to Sweden-based playwright and producer Hedda Krausz Sjogren. The project is implemented with the support of the Swedish Institute and the National Touring Theater of Sweden.

Natalia Kochanova talks to participants of the documentary play Seven

Producer of the play Seven in Belarus Ivan Pinigin

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