The 29th Annual International Conference of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation will be held from 8 -10 June, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. This year's conference will explore the Alliance of Iran's Women's Movement Inside Iran and the World.
The Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation (IWSF) is a feminist non-profit organization with no affiliation to any political or religious group. It aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on issues related to Iranian women, to disseminate information on Iranian women’s achievements, and to establish a network of communication amongst Iranian women the world over. The main activity of IWSF consists of annual international conferences, where in a theme related to Iranian women is analysed through scholarly presentations, art exhibitions, and artistic and dramatic performances.
The concert at June 9thevening is a part of the conference that held in ABF venues in Sveavagen.
A Syrian singer with sharp and deep voice. She started her artistic venture with her brother Samih Choucair. The two are some of Syria's greatest prostest singers, but during the Assad regime the Syrian media haven't given them the acknowledgement they deserve. Suhir masters the classical arabic singing, and gives it extra spice with some notes of modern western classical music.
About four to five years ago Ulla Wrethagen, guitarist and founder of the group Violet Green, stumbled over a treasure. She discovered a long line of women, who were pioneers within the genres blues, rock’n roll, gospel and soul. All of them were at their time the divas, the matriarchs and the leading stars. They often had their own vaudeville shows and toured South America.
The motto of the classic blues divas was: Tell it like it is! They broke taboos and protested with black humor against injustice and oppression. It started in the early 1900's with “The Mother of the Blues”, Ma Rainey, followed by her friend and protégé Bessie Smith, and after them one legend after another until Amy Winehouse, a vaudeville star of our time.
Violet Green’s show opens a treasure chest filled with music and anecdotes about the songs and lives of the most outstanding and inspiring blues divas!
The band Violet Green and all between are: Jenny Fall, vocalist; Elsie Petrén, saxophone; Ulla Wrethagen, guitar and vocals; Anna Hammarsten, keyboard and vocals; Lena Andersson, bass; Eva Grund, drums.
Mahsa Poorramezan is a Soufi dancer. Mahsa has a unique dance style, which mixes the techniques from the Soufi dances, Persian folk dances and ballet. She comes from Iran and she has been dancing Iranian folk dances since she was 10 years old. She has also been teaching ballet, Soufi dance and Persian folk dances for over 10 years.
As a singer and author, I have reached out to thousands of women around the world and have found the Internet to be a wonderful mechanism to communicate and send messages of courage and inspiration. It is my hope that Creative Changemakers will become a powerful force for realizing profound change!
My life experiences have shaped who I am today – leaving my native Iran, moving to Sweden and seeking out and listening to the stories of women who stayed behind in Iran, stories about the wars, the revolution, the demonstrations, and the imprisonments. These special women take human rights very seriously. Their stories have given me a perspective on the tremendous courage it takes to struggle in a country with regulated freedom of expression.