The 4th reading of the play "Seven" will be held in Hrodna with the participation of people with disabilities

20 April 2016

The 4th performance of the play "Seven" will be held in Hrodna with the participation of people with disabilities. The readings are taking place within the campaign of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Belarus "ZERO TOLERANCE TO GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE".

The aim of the performance is to draw public attention to the problem of domestic violence against women with disabilities.

The inclusive reading of the play "Seven" will be held at the Youth center ‘Hrodna’ (St. Savetskaya, 9) on the 28th of April, 2016 at 16.00.

The play in Hrodna is organized by UNFPA in partnership with Hrodna Oblast Executive Committee.

The reading of the play in Belarus is the initiative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Belarus, the Embassy of Sweden in Belarus and Swedish Institute (Stockholm).

This project is intended to launch a public discussion on women's rights and gender-based violence. The play "Seven" is a documentary work, written by American female playwrights, based on interviews with seven women from different countries of the world. The play denounces and challenges any kind of discrimination based on gender.

The purpose of the play "Seven" is to highlight issues and challenges related to gender-based violence.

The producer of the play "Seven" is a Swedish actress, writer, and consultant Hedda Krausz Sjögren. The authors of the play are Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz.

Facts about "Seven" in the world

The play Seven

- was heard in 30 countries of the world, including Belarus;

- was translated into 24 languages, including Belarusian;

- was seen by more than 25,000 people;

- was read by over 600 women and men;

150 performances.

Seven stories of outstanding women from different cultures of the world will be read by the representatives of the regional executive committee, of the health system, sports, cultural management, and the community of people with disabilities from Hrodna and Hrodna oblast: the director of Hrodna Oblast Drama Theatre Gedich Igor as Inez McCormack; master of sports of the USSR, instructor of the BSSR, first Olympic champion of sports gymnastics in 1964 (the 18th Olympics in Japan, Tokyo) Tunenkova Helena as Marina Pisklakova-Parker; Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Labour, Employment and Social Protection of the Hrodna Oblast Executive Committee, deputy chairman of the expert working group on the implementation of gender policy in Grodno Regional Executive Committee Hinskaya Tatiana as Hafsat Abiola; chairman of the Hrodna regional organization of NGO "Belarusian Association of the visually handicapped” Novikova Irina as Farida Azizi; Head of the main department of ideology, culture and youth of the Hrodna Oblast Executive Committee Versotsky Alexander as Mukhtar May; Chief physician of the healthcare institution "Hrodna oblast in-patient cardiology center", deputy head of the standing Committee of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus of education, science, culture and social development Dolgoshey Tamara as Mu Sochua; member of the standing Committee of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus of legislation and state-building Aleksey Yuriy as Anabella de Leon; the chairman of the Lida regional organization of NGO “Republic association of wheelchair users” Alexander Avdevich as Voice.

The stage director of the Belarusian production of the play “Seven” is Ivan Pinigine.


Rehearsal of the play in Hrodna.

The reading of the play will be complemented with the photo exhibition of the public faces of the UNFPA campaign "ZERO TOLERANCE TO GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE". Famous sportsmen, musicians, TV hosts, politicians and diplomats shared their quotes against gender-based violence. The audience can see the photos 1200 x 1000 with multiple World and European champions in Muay Thai Boxing Andrey Kulebin, Vital Hurkou, Dmitriy Valent and Maria Valent, attacking player of the FC «BATE» Vitali Rodionov, Belarusian gymnast, multiple world and Europe champion Melitina Staniouta, TV host Anna Bond, businessman, founder of TUT.BY portal Yuriy Zisser, cultural specialist, Professor of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Art, prose writer, laureate of National theatre award of the Republic of BelarusYulia Chernyavskaya, musician, literary artist, painter, the founder of the rock group "Mroi", N.R.M. and "Krambambulya"Lavon Volski, ambassador of Sweden Martin Aberg, assistant to the President on economic issues Kirill Rudy,Belarusian freestyler, Olympic champion of the Winter Games 2014 in Sochi Anton Kushnir, German diplomat, the head of the EU delegation to Belarus Andrea Viktorin, the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus, the UNDP Resident Representative, UNFPA Representative in Belarus - Sanaka Samarasinha, Charge d'Affaires of the USA in Belarus - Scott Rauland