B!rth - Born in Exile

A nation risks losing an entire generation through stateless and unregistered births to mothers fleeing the conflict.

One of the most pressing issues of our time is one of the questions driving B!RTH, a festival of work which will explore global health inequality through the lens of childbirth at the Royal Exchange Theatre.  Join Professor Mukesh Kapila CBE, Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs, and award-winning Syrian playwright Liwaa Yazji, National Health and Maternity Coordinator for City of Sanctuary Rose McCarthy, with other panellists to explore the realities, the struggle and the hope of new life and what can be done to prevent a generation being forever lost.

Hosted by Hannah Pool
Eritrean born journalist, author and commentator Hannah Azieb Pool writes regularly in the national and international media. A Guardian journalist for over a decade, Hannah Azieb was Guardian Weekend Magazine’s first Beauty Editor, and wrote the New Black - the first beauty column for women of colour in a national newspaper. Former Associate Editor of Arise magazine, Hannah Azieb’s work also appears in The Times, Vogue, Grazia and many others. Her second book: Fashion Cities Africa (published by Intellect Books 2016) celebrates the fashion landscapes of four key cities - Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Casablanca.

As Senior Programmer, Contemporary Culture at the Southbank Centre, Hannah Azieb is the lead programmer for the Africa Utopia festival and one of the curators of the Women of the World (WOW) festival. A regular contributor to BBC Radio, Africa Writes and Africa Gathering, first book, My Fathers’ Daughter (Penguin) was described by the Washington Post as “a significant and moving book.”

ESOF delegates can take advantage of free tickets by registering here and using the code ESOFALL.

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