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March 11, 2022 @ 10:00 am
International Women's Day

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International Women's Day 2021 - #ChooseToChallengeOurCulturalNorms

Inviting you all to celebrate International Women's Day with us to connect and share experiences with a multitude of successful women.

ATM has been working with researchers to produce a report that explores the diaspora's relationship to buraanbur and how this forms personal and political identities through this art-form. The report will be published on International Women's Day and is the first of its kind. It aims to inspire and contribute to the everyday lives of Somali women by instigating reflectivity. One example of this is asking ourselves; what if the spaces where we express ourselves with pride and honor – could embrace womanhood as an independent entity beyond the limitations of clan praise? This falls perfectly under the theme of 'Choosing To Challenge Our Cultural Norms', as this report exemplifies how we challenge a cultural norm and alter it to be more progressive and inclusive.

With that being said, this event aims to encourage a dialogue between women of all ages within the Somali community to push for gender equity is not just in Somalia, but other diaspora regions. This event will feature a multitude of successful Somali women, providing an opportunity to network with other female professionals and academics also allowing them to share their understanding of what it means to challenge your cultural norms. There will also be a number of performances to complement the event.

Additionally, the time has been allocated at the end for a Q&A segment between the audience and the panel.

The panel will include:

Sagal Ali - Founder, Somali Arts Foundation.

Maryan Hassan - Chief Negotiator, World Trade Organisation.

Nasra Ismail - Associate Director, Co-Impact.

Dr. Hodan Osman - Associate Professor, Zhejiag Normal University.

You can join the event by using the following joining details on March 8th at 4pm UK Time:


Meeting ID: 821 6532 0156

Passcode: 985741

In this event, we aim to instigate a wider dialogue, share our thematic findings, recommendations, and grassroots experience with key practitioners, policy drivers locally and nationally. This event will also give key stakeholders the opportunity to share knowledge and practice during these evolving and challenging times under COVID-19. Limited tickets available here.


‘Let’s Go Public’ aims to raise interest amongst BAME young people aged 18-30 in public sector work.

Studies show a lack of diversity amongst senior advisory positions and boards – particularly amongst young people of colour. Our young people want to change the stereotypical perceptions of who serves on these types of panels and boards and encourage them to take these spaces and be a part of the decision making that influences their lives. It is incredibly important to have ethnic minority representation within local establishments as it can impact positive and beneficial change

Join us on Wednesday 30th October at Kings College London, Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS for a special screening and panel discussion on the Somali experience as part of  Black History Month 2019.

Join us, as we close Black History Month with a special event screening two films on the Somali experience. Guest panellists will discuss the films afterwards through the lens of culture, identity and the meaning of society.

The two films we'll be screening are:

"Qab iyo iil" (Pride and the Grave) produced by Riyo Films and starrring the late Ahmed Hassan Cawke - renowned Somali journalist and icon.

"Mid Baan Nahay" (We are One) produced by Solaris Media, a film commission by the Anti-Tribalism Movement exploring themes of "otherhood" featuring its young people.


You can purchase tickets via our Eventbrite page - please click on the link here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mid-baan-nahay-black-history-month-somali-stories-tickets-76764686243?aff=ebdssbdestsearch to purchase your tickets. T
Somali Image- in conversation with award-winning filmmaker Abdulcadir Ahmed Said

About this Event

The event will be an evening of films and discussion focusing on the evolving narrative of Somali cinema. The night will showcase the work of award-winning Director Abdulcadir Ahmed Said, whose highly acclaimed short film Geedka nolosha, or Tree of Life, has won numerous awards including the Prize of the City of Torino in the Best International Short Film Competition at the Torino International Festival of Young Cinema. The panel will also feature talented UK based director Ali Naaji, Producer Samira Musa, and Producer Umal Birchall.

ABDULCADIR AHMED SAID is a Somali born filmmaker producer, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor. He currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa where he is a lecturer and educator for the Arts & Ubuntu Trust for the (SAAPP) South African Arts Past and Present. He worked as the director of the International Relations Somali Film Agency from 1985 to 1990. He was also the director of Production and Programming for Somali TV from 1983 to 85. His highly acclaimed short film Geedka nolosha, or Tree of Life, has won numerous awards around the world.

We will be screening the following short films: Sea Shell, Fate and Birth, made by the aforementioned filmmakers.

Sea Shell : A woman artist on a beach picks up a beautiful shell. She places it to her ear and listens, she hears the painful story about a young girl’s trauma in the nearby coastal village. She begins to understand the pain of the young girl – the pain caused by the reckless actions of multinational corporations and its impact on the lives of a fishing village. This is a film dedicated to “all the victims of humanity’s lack of conscience”.

Fate is a British Somali short film that explores the state of love, dreams and reality through the eyes of Samira. This dark, romantic work was directed by Ali Naji, DOP Said Fadhaye and produced by Samira Musa. Apart from the writer, the cast and crew are all Somali filmmakers making this one of the first films to be produced almost completely with Somali talent from the UK. A fitting film for a Somali Week Festival.

Birth: The concept of this film originated from the unequal opportunities available to women during their most vulnerable moment: Giving Birth. Three extraordinary women give an account of their experiences, fears and hopes inside the only maternity hospital in Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp. Women and children are an important foundation to healthy communities, however, they continue to die every day from preventable causes.

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