Screening of Honor Diaries film was well attended

Mantis World’s hosting of documentary film, Honor Diaries, in cooperation with London South Bank University was well attended by over 100 people.

The film is the first to break the silence on honour violence against women and girls.

Those in attendance ranged from academia, lobbyists, human rights organisations, lawyers, plus a number of promotional merchandise and fashion companies.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with specialist speakers including Shaminder Takhar (LSBU), Donatella Maraschin (LSBU), Kalyani Gandhi Rhodes (Oxfam), Leyla Hussein (Campaigner on FGM and Gender Rights), Purna Sen (London School of Economics)  and Yasmin Rehman (Womens Aid Federation England).

Prama Bhardwaj, founder and CEO of Mantis World said: “Gender rights are a big consideration to the garment industry, which employs millions of women worldwide.  In many countries, the garment industry is one of very few sectors where women without formal training or education can make an honest living.

“On a recent sourcing trip to Pakistan I was struck by the absence of women in public life – on the factory floor and at every socioeconomic level.  The reason I believe is cultural – specifically the culture of honour.  By shining a light on these issues we hope to raise awareness and social justice for women with a reach far beyond a particular country or industry sector.”

The screening was held in support of Oxfam’s ‘Get girls into school’ programme to improve education for girls in disaster-hit areas of Pakistan, and on the night £3,000 was raised to go towards this programme.

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