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Diaspora Youth and their Contribution to Somali Culture & Somali Women Today: Public, Private and Political Spaces

About this Event

This evening will begin with a discussion on the Somali diaspora’s contribution and revival of Somali arts and culture.

Chaired by SOAS scholar Dr Yusuf Sheikh Omar, the panel will include celebrated architect Omar Degan and esteemed Textile Designer Hafza Yusuf (Hafza Studio).

Omar Degan is a Somali-Italian Architect, founder, and principal of DO Architecture and Design, an architecture firm based in Mogadishu, specialized in sustainability, emergency architecture and post-conflict reconstruction.

The second part of the evening will feature a discussion focused on what it means to be a Somali woman in globally challenging times, and how Somali women navigate the political, social and cultural notions of womanhood today. Chaired by Human Rights Activist, Campaigner and Psychotherapist Dr. Leyla Hussein, OBE, the panel will include Founder of the Somali Museum of Edmonton (Canada) Naima Haile, leading Social Activist and Educator Hoda Ali, esteemed Textile Designer Hafza Yusuf, Amina-Milgo Mahamoud- founder of NAGAD, chair of Somaliland Alliance against FGM and UCL academic Dr Muna Elmi.

Please remember to purchase your ticket at the Eventbrite link here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/somali-week-festival-panel-somali-youth-culture-somali-women-today-tickets-73830720673?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Following last year's sold-out production of 'Arawelo', Side eYe Productions return to the Broadway Theatre for Somali Week Festival 2019 with the premiere of their new play 'HOME'.

They say HOME is where the heart is but what happens when the head and the heart collide? 'HOME' explores the tensions between sisterhood and self, hope and acceptance in a first-generation Somali family living in London today. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the cast and production team. This will be one of only two performances of this original, thought-provoking play as part of Somali Week Festival in the heart of East London.


Please remember to purchase your ticket at the Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/somali-week-festival-new-play-home-tickets-73828122903?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0Lm9pPZy4rsi6xeo-cmNAFSUolKICY1M2SDzT2XeGvVy37i1e-8IOTZ-Y

‘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

You can purchase tickets via our Eventbrite page - please click on the link here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lets-go-public-tickets-72533225831 to purchase your tickets

Perspectives on the current narrative surrounding youth crime and violence.

About this Event

A talk event bringing committed and experienced guest speakers sharing their experiences, insights and expertise working on the issue of violence and youths. Followed by a discussion on current narratives and the often unreported existing reality of youths living in the capital. What can we learn from the direct experience and insight of those working on reporting youth and violence in the capital?

Guest Speakers:

Raheel Butt, director and founder of Community and Rehabilitation Solutions. Raheel is an ex-gang member who has experienced violence since a young age: groomed, gangs, racial abuse, radicalisation. In a catalyst moment in prison, he changed his life around and he has since been working with communities to reduce the risk and associated harms of crime and violence by working with those most at risk of involvement.

Dr. Roger Grimshaw, Research Director at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, www.crimeandjustice.org.uk. Roger has been responsible for a wide range of research studies on criminological and social welfare topics.

Robin Friend, photographer, working on a project that explores the knife epidemic and unprecedented level of youth violence that is taking place across London. Robin is focusing on real-life testimonies, bringing in the analysis of causes for this issue as well as reporting on the positive stories from the work of many charities working on this issue.

Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, is an investigative reporter and editor working on a range of subjects including immigration detention, migrants’ rights, mental health, access to legal aid, social housing and gender inequality. She co-edits Shine A Light, an award-winning investigative journalism & storytelling platform on openDemocracy.net and is writer-in-residence at Lacuna, a human rights magazine.

Photo: Copyright Robin Friend.

If you want to attend this please purchase your ticket here.

Following the rise in knife crime in London related to gangs or youths across London, we take the view the issues at play is structural, family, finite resources and general lack of purpose for young people involved in these unfortunate incidents in London. 
The vast majority of youths in London are structurally sound and fordward looking. However, its the small minority that bring negativity and unwarranted attention. The causal effects of this dillema is complex and requires cross sector urgent partnership/actions at grass-root level. 
Within this framework members of the Somali community in London have organised an evening of information sharing and an attempt to find durable solutions to these issues that effect US all in London. The Somali community in London is most effected by knife crime and youth violence as statistics show at least 8 young British/Somali origins had their life cut short by youth violence/ knife crime. 
This particular evening discussions are not about blaming people or institutions about the issue - but rather an opportunity to share what actions we can all take to support and learn from each other in dealing with these complex multi-facet issues on youth violence. 
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