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8 MARCH 2004

Africa’s cultural response to HIV/AIDS: Women and their struggles

1pm–8.30pm: Exhibition/sale (in front of Salle I)

Exhibition of HIV/AIDS organisations, publishing houses, crafts and clothes sale

2.30pm–6pm: Panel discussion on Africa’s cultural response to HIV/AIDS: Women and their struggles (Salle II)

This panel discussion has been organised with the participation and for the benefit of African women’s organisations concerned with AIDS. It will be initiated by Routes du Sud, an organisation promoting a cultural approach to combating the disease, and will be attended by His Excellency Sheikh Oumar Sissoko, Minister of Culture of Mali, as well as numerous specialists in the treatment and prevention of AIDS. The discussion will be moderated by Alexandra Draxler, education specialist and HIV/AIDS focal point at UNESCO, and by the journalist Madeleine Mokamabano.

6.30pm–8.30pm: Evening of events (Salle I)

Fashion show of the creations of Awa Meité, Malian stylist
Concert of Voix de l’Espoir: Princess Erika, Amina, Sally Nyolo, Nourith, China and Lââm
Dance show: choreographies of Kettly Noël, Iréne Tassembedo, Max-Laure

6.30pm–8.30pm: Houria, "The woman I used to be" (Salle de Cinéma)

The play Houria, la femme que j’étais by Gaspare Dori will be perfomed in French at UNESCO before opening in other Parisian theatres. A story of loneliness and suffering – that of a woman waiting in her prison cell to be stoned to death. The one-woman-show is performed by Pamela Edouard. The play will be followed by a discussion.

Information: 01 45 68 19 83 / bsp.wge@unesco.org


10 MARCH 2004

6.30pm-8.30pm: Afghan Shadows (Salle XII)

The documentary Shadows – Ombres afghanes has been directed by Mary Ayubi and Polly Hyman, two Afghan cinematographers trained by UNESCO. This film about the living conditions of women in Afghanistan has been produced by the non-governmental organisation AINA, which works for the development of independent media and cultural expression in Afghanistan. The showing will be followed by a discussion attended by Mary Ayubi and the press photographer Reza Deghati, president and founder of AINA.


12 MARCH 2004

L'OREAL-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science - Award Ceremony


15 MARCH 2004

6.30pm-8.30pm: My wife is Yéré (Salle XII)

The documentary My wife is Yéré, is the outcome of a meeting of three young journalists (Stéphanie, Vauguin, Romain Lobry and Julie Roullier) and women from West Africa (Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast). They will successively discuss the education of African women, their contribution to the economy and politics, women’s health and the rights of women. The showing will be followed by a discussion.


18 MARCH 2004

3pm – 6pm: Nomad women of Iran (Salle II)

This colloquium, followed by a discussion on Nomad women of Iran, will be attended by ethnologists of the CNRS. An exhibition of photos taken by Morteza Poursamady in the “salle des Actes” will be opened at 6pm. The exhibition will be open from 18 March to 8 April 2004.



Inauguration of exhibit : "In Movement: UNESCO Salutes Women video Artists"

Information: 01 45 68 19 83 / bsp.wge@unesco.org

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