The aims of Seven on Tour is to bring women’s rights issues higher on the political and media agenda, raise awareness and engagement, and to stimulate the debate on women’s role in society. The Swedish Institute, The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Amnesty International, United Nations Development Program, womens shelters etc. have all cooperated with Seven on Tour to promote democracy and human rights.
As a result, Seven on Tour has helped improve bilateral cooperation, as well as strengthened cooperation between stakeholders from grass root to governmental level and empowered individual activists in their local communities. The readings are often linked to activities with a focus on human rights such as panel discussions, seminars and lectures for students.
SEVEN THE PLAY
By Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz
Seven is based on the real life stories of seven women’s rights activists from Nigeria, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia, Pakistan, Northern Ireland and Cambodia.
The play Seven was written in 2007 by playwrights Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz, in collaboration with Vital Voices Global Partnership.
The performance and touring concept for Seven On Tour is developed by Swedish producer Hedda Krausz Sjögren, initially in cooperation with the National Touring Theatre (Riksteatern) and the Swedish Institute.
Seven On Tour presents the play as a reading, every time performed/read by seven new persons who themselves represent different aspects of society; politicians, activists, athletes, journalists and survivors. Each performance is a collaboration between stakeholders from civil society, government agencies, municipalities, student organizations etc.