On 24th November 2017, B!RTH performed two of its plays to leading policy makers at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva. Performances of Orchid, written by Mῦmbi Kaigwa (Kenya) and Q&Q, written by Liwaa Yazji (Syria) were followed by a panel discussion and interactive debate. These hard-hitting plays explore themes of violence against women, obstetric fistula and the incredible resilience of women facing societal, cultural and political challenges.
The debate was facilitated by Professor Nynke van den Broek and panel members included:
- Dr Claudia Garcia-Moreno, Adolescents and at-Risk Populations Team, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization
- Professor Mukesh Kapila CBE, Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs, University of Manchester
- Dr Thiago Luchesi, Senior Advocacy Advisor, Child Survival and Health, Save the Children
- Dr Viviana Mangiaterra, Senior Technical Coordinator, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Health Systems Strengthening, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
- Dr. Princess Nothemba (Nono) Simelela, Assistant Director General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents, World Health Organization