Under the Wire

UndertheWire

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Global Feminism: Under the Wire

A powerful account of legendary Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy’s mission to Homs, Syria in February 2012. Their assignment was to cover the plight of trapped Syrian civilians under siege by their own government. Tragically, Colvin was killed when the international media centre was hit by Syrian Army artillery fire; despite being critically injured, Conroy had to a find way to make it out alive.

He is determined to continue telling the stories of the people he met during this assignment and their desperate situation caught in the middle of a conflict zone.

Women and children are often the worst effected by conflict. Conflict spurs much higher rates of sexual violemce. It renders women acutely vulernable to poverty, the loss of jobs and the destruction of assests such as homes. Essential health services crumble, underlined by a maternal mortality rate that is 2.5 times higher on average, in conflict and post-conflict countries.

After watching this incredibly moving documentary, Paul was joined on stage by Zaina Erhaim. Award- winning Syrian journalist and feminist working as a senior media specialist with the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). Zaina received the first Annita Auspurg award: Rebel Woman For Peace By WILFP, named the journalist of the year by Reporters without Borders in 2015, one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women according to Arabian Business and the Unsung heroes of 2016 by Reuters Thomson. Zaine and Paul focused on understanding the human face to war, often women and children, not just statistics and implored the audience to continue sharing their story.

Thank to everyone who came!