PRESS RELEASE: Women and War, Struggle and Stories

The Embassy of Sweden in collaboration with PARSE – Platform for Artistic Research Sweden is hosting a public conversation about storytelling of war and struggle at the Market Photo Workshop Auditorium, Newtown, Tuesday 30 October at 18h30.


  • Bevererly Ditsie (Director and Producer for Film and TV/Activist)
  • Kristina Hagström-Ståhl (PARSE-professor/Director, University of Gothenburg)
  • Mmabatho Montsho (Actress/Filmmaker/Visual artist)
  • Gail Smith (Writer/Journalist/Spokesperson)
  • Redi Tlhabi (Author/Broadcaster/Talkshow host)

Moderator: Katarina Hedrén (Film curator/Writer)                                          

Also featuring:

  • Phemelo Motene (Actress/Radio host)
  • Hedda Krausz (Consellor for Cultural Affairs/Playwright/Director)

Refreshments served.

In this public conversation, the participants together with the audience will explore definitions of war, struggle and heroism, as well as the impact of the exclusion of women’s contribution, experiences and voices. We will discuss the narratives of women who have shared their experiences of armed conflict and struggle in different parts of the world. 

An important backdrop to the conversation is MeToo  – an ongoing explosion of new stories by new voices. In its wake, the past, present and the future is being rewritten. Individual careers have ended and powerful institutions crumbled. It is only natural then, that we should hear complaints about lawlessness and calls for due process, even from those who know that laws and processes in most countries have not been designed to keep patriarchy in check and victims of patrichal abuse safe and visible. Neither in times of war, nor in times that dominant groups have declared free of war.

For more information please contact Vukani Mchunu, Cultural Affairs Assistant, Embassy of Sweden, cellphone: +27 (83) 417 3305

Last updated 23 Oct 2018, 3.39 PM