Phone: 312-857-1234
Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building
77 West Washington Street, Lower Level, Chicago, IL 60602
Office: 6 E. Monroe Street, #801, Chicago, IL 60603
A Chicago based theatre company exploring the intersections of cultures

Author, performer, leading expert in transnational dance

Traffick Free is a faith-based organization that seeks to provide the greater metropolitan area of Chicago with tools and sustainable programs to combat human trafficking and transform the lives of victims, perpetrators and communities.

A fistula is a hole. An obstetric fistula of the kind that occurs in many developing countries is a hole between a woman's vagina and one or more of her internal organs. This hole develops over many days of obstructed labor, when the pressure of the baby's head against the mother's pelvis cuts off blood supply to delicate tissues in the region. The dead tissue falls away and the woman is left with a hole between her vagina and her bladder and sometimes between her vagina and rectum. This hole results in permanent incontinence of urine and/or feces. A majority of women who develop fistulas are abandoned by their husbands and ostracized by their communities because of their foul smell.

Traumatic fistula is the result of sexual violence. The injury can occur through rape or women being butchered from the inside with bayonets, wood or even rifles. The aim of sexual violence is to destroy the women and the community within which the sufferer lives. Once committed, the survivor, her husband, children, and extended family become traumatized and humiliated.
ORCHIDPROJECT.ORG Information on cutting (Orchid's preferred term for FGM)
Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. For more than 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization's goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment. The site provides links to the United Nations and a wide variety of international women's issues

An organization supporting a girl's right to quality education
Information on child/early and forced marriage

Supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honor-based abuse
Helpline: 0-800-599-9247

HONOR DIARIES, produced by human rights lawyer Paula Kweskin 
This documentary profiles activists working for women's rights in honor cultures and their efforts to create positive change. Honor Diaries features nine courageous women's rights advocates with connections to Muslim-majority societies who are engaged in a dialogue about gender inequality. These women, who have witnessed firsthand the hardships women endure, are profiled in their efforts to affect change, both in their communities and beyond. The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding, and addressing this international human rights disaster. Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth. Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak out about gender inequality and are bringing visibility to a long history of oppression. This project draws together leading women's rights activists and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and serves as inspiration to motivate others to speak out. More than a movie, Honor Diaries is a movement meant to inspire viewers to learn more about issues facing women in Muslim-majority societies, and to act for change.

DESERT FLOWER, Directed by Sherry Hormann
Desert Flower 
Feature film tells the true story of supermodel Waris, a victim of FGM
Documentary featuring activist/attorney Reggie Littlejohn, focuses on femicide. The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters' lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.

The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions (Running time 5:45) At
A conceptual overview of the exhibition while presented at the Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, October 16 - November 13, 2015

Burned Alive, Souad, Warner Books
Cruel and Usual Punishment, Nonie Darwish, Thomas Nelson
Dancing Fear and Desire, Stavros Stavrou Karayanni, Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn, Knopf
Headscarves and Hymens Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Mona Eltahawy, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hijab and the Republic, Bronwyn Winter, Syracuse University Press
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, Nujood Ali, Three Rivers Press
Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Free Press
Like a Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yacobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia, Janice Ross, Yale University Press
Murder in Amsterdam, Ian Buruma, Penguin
Murder in the Name of Honor, Rana Husseini, One World
Nine Parts Desire, Geraldine Brooks, Anchor Books
Not Here, Not Now, Not That! Protest Over Art and Culture in America, Steven J. Tepper, The University of Chicago Press
Now They Call Me Infidel, Nonie Darwish, Sentinel
Princess Volume I, Jean Sasson, Windsor-Brooke Books
Princess Volume II - Sultana's Daughters, Jean Sassoon, Windsor-Brooke Books
Princess Volume III - Sultana's Circle, Jean Sasson, Windsor-Brooke Books
Questioning the Veil, Marnia Lazreg, Princeton University Press
Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi, Random Books
The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Free Press
The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Norton
The Lovers, Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet – The True Story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing, Rod Norland, Ecco
The Stoning of Soraya M., Freidoune Sahebjam, Arcade Publishing

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