May group action in support of the My Body, My Rights campaign

GIVING OUT LEAFLETS AT THE SCREENING OF DIFRET

On Wednesday 25th May with the agreement of Warminster and District Film Society Judy Hosegood and Nadine Crook gave out leaflets to members of the public after the screening of the film Difret at the Athenaeum, in Warminster. The film tells the true-story of a 14 year old girl, Hirut, who is abducted on her way home from school by a group of horsemen. In her Ethiopian village, the practice of abduction into marriage is traditional. She bravely grabs a rifle and tries to escape, but ends up shooting her would-be husband. A young lawyer then arrives from the city to represent her arguing that she acted in self-defence, embarking on a collision course between enforcing civil authority and customary law.

The leaflets were specifically written to tie the film in with Amnesty’s current campaign on early, forced marriage in Burkina Faso, and suggested actions that people could take such as writing a letter, signing a petition or donating to AIUK. 

Approximately 80 people attended the film and approximately 50 leaflets were given out.

For a copy of the leaflet, please contact Nadine at njwardman@yahoo.co.uk

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