LACE Productions & Koffler Centre of the Arts invited the speakers Nadia Murad (Nobel Peace Prize nominee), Rozin Hanjool (Women’s Affairs Manager, Yazda) Haider Elias (Yazda President) and Hannah Rittner (writer of The Unbelievers) in a conversation with Rachel Browne (Staff Reporter, VICE News). The speakers shared their responses to The Unbelievers, a play presented at the 2016 SummerWorks Performance Festival from August 5-14, which explored the massacre of the Yazidi people in Sinjar and sex-trafficking of Yazidi women. Using issues rose in the play as a springboard, the speakers discussed the crisis of the Yazidi people and ways Canada can help.
This event was co-presented by LACE Productions and the Koffler Centre of the Arts with support from an anonymous donor, The Goethe-Institute, Yazda, Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas, Laifun Chung and Ted Kotcheff, York University’s Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies, and York University’s Centre for Human Rights.
Yazda wants to thank LACE Production & Koffler Centre of Arts and all others who helped arrange this event, and for their efforts to support the Yazidi women who have been victims of ISIS.