Front Line Defenders, National LGBT Federation, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Fighting Words & LASC
Sat 24 November| Banquet Hall
To celebrate the voices and actions of human rights defenders from Ireland and around the world, leading human rights organisations have once again come together to bring you a weekend packed with interactive workshops, panel discussions, artistic performances and more for the Dublin Human Rights Festival 2018. Highlights at Smock Alley Theatre will include an interactive circus skills workshop by Clowns Without Borders (for young children), a street art graffiti workshop (for older children & adults), a creative writing story-telling workshop (adults) and a panel discussion on women’s reproductive health entitled Right to Choice: Solidarity and Next Steps which be an opportunity to discuss the learnings from the successful Together for Yes campaign and how we can support abortion rights campaigners in Northern Ireland, Poland and further afield.
There will also be information stalls here at Smock Alley Theatre on Saturday and more panel discussions on LGBT+ rights, environmental justice, civil rights movements of the past and present and privacy rights in digital age at the Wood Quay Venue throughout the day.
Admission: All events are FREE! however ‘Right To Choice’ and ‘Telling The Stories of Women Human Rights Defenders are ticketed.
Clowns without Borders
Don your biggest red nose for a circus skills workshop for kids! Clowns Without Borders work in refugee camps all over the world with kids just like you who want to learn how to balance on their tippy toes in oversized shoes. Parents and guardians are dared to join in if they can! The wonderful Kim, Ria and Aoife are also happy to answer any questions from grown-up kids who want to know more about their challenging and important work.
Time: 10:30am – 11:15am
Street Art as a tool for change (Graffiti mural workshop)
Northern Irish street artist Eoin McGinn, known as EMIC, will deliver a graffiti art workshop aimed at older children (aged 8+ years), teenagers and adults. EMIC will discuss the use of Street Art as a means to communicate human rights messages and participants will have the opportunity to practice stenciling techniques, learn basic spray paint skills and create artworks that can be taken home after the workshop.
Time: 11:30pm – 1:30pm
Right to Choice – Solidarity and Next Steps
For decades women human rights defenders in Ireland have campaigned for the right of women to choose in pregnancy. The resounding Yes vote on 25th May 2018 to repeal the 8th Amendment from the Constitution has paved the way for the introduction of abortion care in Ireland. This seminar will be an opportunity to examine the learnings from the successful campaign and discuss how these learnings can help support abortion rights campaigners from Northern Ireland, Poland and beyond. Speakers will include Ailbhe Smyth (Together for Yes), Goretti Horgan (Alliance for Choice, Northern Ireland) and Krystyna Kacpura (XXXX, Poland).
Moderator: Orla O’Connor, National Women’s Council of Ireland
Time: 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Telling the Stories of Women Human Rights Defenders
A discussion between Irish writer and editor Laura Cassidy and Tunisian blogger and women human rights defender Lina Ben Mhenni.
Meeting in person for the first time, they discuss their experiences of working together as part of a project that sees Irish women writers work with human rights defenders around the world to bring their stories to a new audience.
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm