Make It Happen is a Valley and Vale Community Arts, Wales Africa Community links project which took place at The Temple Of Peace in Cardiff on 4th March.
It was an incredibly inspiring event that bought together people from Kenya, Ethiopia, Wales and Bristol who are working to improve the rights of women in their communities. The speakers discussed a range of issues affecting women in the UK and Africa including FGM (female genital mutilation), early marriage and sexual consent. There was a particular focus on the methods and approaches they have used to make a difference, such as alternative rights of passage, campaigning, film for social change and theatre in education. Participants had the opportunity to connect with one another, share experiences, reflect on practice and plan for ongoing action. There was also the opportunity to take part in an aromatic Ethiopian coffee ceremony where everyone had the opportunity to connect with one another, share experiences, reflect on practice and plan for ongoing action.
By linking members of diverse communities Make It Happen championed women’s voices, inspired change and encouraged solidarity. Thank you to everyone who took part!
This amazing artwork by Laura Sorvala captures the day perfectly: