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New Woman Scream anthology!

Congrats! the #womanscream cause #gritodemujer has got a new poetry anthology to honor girls around the world with the best poems read at some of the events from march 2017..."Muñecas" (Dolls) is available in Amazon, hurray for this new gift!

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Woman Scream 2017, Polokwane-South Africa


We (Slam Emporium PLK) wish to confirm having hosted and event for the Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival in Polokwane, South Africa on 25 March 2017 at the Inner City Car Wash in Polokwane.


The event featured female poets from around Polokwane namely, Vivienne Maya Kambwiri, Nthabiseng (Kiowa) Masalesa (Winner of the 2016 Slam Emporium Goddess of the Mic Annual Slam), Lesego Mokumo and Mercy Dhliwayo (a.k.a Xtreme Sanity, co founder of the Slam Emporium PLK) as well as two female guests from outside Polokwane, namely Nyakallo from Qwaqwa and Lindokuhle (Kush) Malahleka from Kwazulu Natal.


The show also featured performances by supporting male poets who opened the show as "curtain raisers"  such as Thomas Masingi, Thabo Alpheus Chabalala, Selby Thato Kupa, and Polokwane based dance-hall artist Jah Mercifull and renowned rapper Necrophonic Skills who closed the show with musical performances.

The event was an outdoor event and it rained on the day but the rain did not stop the show as performers continued with their performances from the car wash veranda against the backdrop of raindrops. Attached herein below are some of the photographs from the event.

Woman Scream 2017 Saint Petersburg Russia

Report on the Festival of poetry Woman Scream 2017 in St. Petersburg Russia

 
The event took place on March 31 2017. The venue was, as in all the previous years, at the Adelante, the center of Spanish language and culture.
 
This year there were ten competitors, three of them being our previous years’ participants.
The discovery of this year’s festival was Irina Kuksha, who presented her poem in Russian and in English, both excellently written.
 
 
The organizers and the jury were :
  1. Natalia Alexandrova, Associate Professor of the Academic University, Russian Academy of sciences
  2. Marina Drobysheva, Associate Professor, Alexander Pushkin Humanitarian University
  3. Ilya Kolodiazhny, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Journalism, St. Petersburg State University (jury)

The program included :
  • A short story of the International Festival Woman Scream, and the story about  how Teresa Calderon started it in St. Petersburg , by Natalia Alexandrova
  • The recital of a poem by the early 20th century poet  Igor Severianin, performed by a student Vladislav Golubtsov
  • The competitors read their poems
  • The jury spoke about the nuances of writing poetry, and announced the winners
  • The winners received certificates and prizes (mugs)
  • An informal talk and exchange of opinions, with wine and cakes.
 
Coordinator Natalia Alexandrova

Woman Scream 2017 Macedonia

 

“Woman Scream Festival” of the Republic of Macedonia, was held on Tuesday, March 28 , at various locations , and with different activities, at MKC Club & Restaurant, Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia, MKC Djebno kino and in the "Fantast" Art Studio in TC Biser, Skopje, under the slogan "20 days after the March 8 and what have we done?"

It was organized and coordinated by Olivera Docevska and Elena Prendjova, with co-coordination of the Justicija Organization.


The festival was held to raise awareness of gender equality and against gender-based violence, and against violence on little girls. It was attended by women and men from all artistic fields.

Video projections of the NGOs for women's rights – HERA and ESE were presented in MKC Djebno kino, where the panelists: Biljana Dukovska from the Macedonian platform against poverty – MAPP, Marija Savovska from the Akcija Zdruzenska, and Biljana Stramshak Gjurovska, debated on three different topics: women and poverty, women and single-parenting, and society’s invisible women. "20 days after the March 8 and what we have done?"., all in favour of gender equality, combating domestic violence and women's rights as the basis for a justice in society.



Eminent poets: Renata Penchova, Marina Mijakovska, Cvetanka Koleva, Natasha Sardjoska, Vasilka Golubova, Cathy Jovanova, Simona Tasheva, Xhabir Deralla, Diana Petkova, D. A. Lori, Olivera Docevska , Elena Prendjova, Dragica Najceska, Irena Jurcheva and Filip Kletnikov, performed their poetic copyright works at the MKC Club restaurant. A violin concert was held there, too, by the violinist Shkelzen Pajaziti.

A mini-exhibition of the eminent artists: Emilija and Stojche Tocinovski (acrylic paper), Ana Rankovitch (watercolor paper) Ganna Mozgova (mixed media) and Ivana Apostolova Baskar took place on the event scene in the "Fantast" Art Studio, TC Biser, Skopje.

A fashion show under the motto "Women Scream" by the fashion designers Sara Redzik –Atelje Sari G and Magdalena Tanevska – Magda, brought to the finish line the formal part of the event, where all continued to listen to Latin music at the MKC Club Restaurant. The event was supported by Civil – Center for freedom, Civil Media, and the photographer Bibe Jordanovska by providing recording and photography.



The organization that supported the event were: Elena Luka Foundation, Fashionel, MKC Club & Restaurant, MKC (Djebno kino), "Fantast" Art Studio, Civil – Center for Freedom, www.budnost.mk, Macedonian Anti-Poverty Platforme –  MAPP, YENİ Yildiz TÜRK Derneği – "New Star" Turkish Association, Justicia NGO, Association HERA, Association ESE and Municipality Center of Skopje.

Jael Uribe wins the Freedom of Expression Award 2016 In Norway


The Dominican poetess Jael Uribe, founder of the Women Poets International Movement (Mujeres Poetas Internacional-MPI, Inc,) and creator of the Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival (Grito de Mujer), has just been awarded the "Freedom of Expression Award 2016" (Ytringsfrihetsprisen) annually granted by the Norwegian Authors' Union together with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. The award is given to Norwegian or foreign writers whose work in defense of human rights have excelled in the protection of freedom of expression and tolerance in the broadest sense.

Both international committee and the national council of the Norwegian Authors' Union have stated, that they were very impressed with Uribe’s magnificent work and activities, and the manner she has achieved, through the projects she has created, to emphasized the focus on women and children and the way she speaks up for their rights.

Jael Uribe is the first Dominican writer, as well as the first Latin-American woman to receive this award. She shares the honor with the Latin-American writers Yehude Simon Minaro from Peru, and Normando Hernández González from Cuba, along with twenty other authors and activists from all over the world. Jael Uribe was the guest of honor to the Norwegian Authors' Union Annual Assembly and gala dinner, and traveled there to receive the prize in person and pronouced her acceptance speech in front of an audience of 150 writers members of the union. She was followed by a presentation of her projects introduced by Helena Stagkouraki, Woman Scream coordinator in Greece, and a poetry recital of her poetry in Spanish and Norwegian. The event took place last Saturday 25th of March 2017 in Oslo, Norway.

The Freedom of Expression Award was a gift from the Ministry of Culture to the Norwegian Authors' Union, on the occasion of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding since 1993.


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About Jael Uribe


Jael is a Poet, writer, publicist and graphic designer. She was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Leader of the Women Poets International Movement (MPI) and creator of the Grito de Mujer, Woman Scream International Festival of Poetry and Arts.

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Woman Scream 2017 Mumbai India


Mumbai, India had also participated in the 7th Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival. Two poetry readings were held on March 16 & 18, 2017: March 2017 has been very special for US, as WE formed bonds with interesting groups and organizations, celebrating them with poetry and conversation. Eminent as well as emerging poets came together to  speak up for an equal & safe world for women. 

'Poetic Justice' on March 16, was collaboration between Women Empowered-India (WE), MPI's 'Woman Scream 2017, and the US Consulate in Mumbai. The sessions were Readings from Erotext & Fractals by Sudeep Sen, Spiritual Bonds - Poetry That Heals, with Anju Makhija,  Priya Sarukkai Chabria ( her poems were read by Sudeep & Smeetha as she could not be present) and Vinita Agarwal; moderated by Sudeep Sen, Tracing Trails - In Search of Roots, with Nabina Das  Gayatri Chawla Smeetha Bhoumik  moderated by Bina Sarkar Ellias, Women Today - Ties That Bind, with Sanjeev Khandekar,  Smita Sahay, Sharon Irani,  moderated by Vinita Agarwal.

As part of Women Scream 2017, 'WE Speak Out' was held on March 18 at Kitabkhana, with conversations, readings & a book launch; where poets-authors shared their thoughts on equal rights issues, on a journey towards an equal world. The poets-authors are Sudeep Sen  Vinita Agarwal  Smita Sahay  Smeetha Bhoumik  Sharon Irani  Mahesh Leelapandit  Ramneek Singh  Shuchi Mehta Ankita Shah  Trupthi Shetty  Damini Kane  Harnidh Kaur  Mrinalini Harchandrai Priyal Panchal Prakriti Kargeti  


The evening, saw the Mumbai launch of Erotext, Sudeep Sen's new poetry collection, followed by an illuminating conversation around the book with Smita Sahay & Sharon Irani. Describing the evening, Prof Ashwani Kumar puts it so warmly:  '.....enjoyed “word by word, line by line” empowering feminist justice poetry from the Generation Next and Sudeep’s sublime ‘Ero Text’ a lexical and axial delight and wonder…' He then quotes from  'I Lalla', (The Poems of Lal Ded translated by Ranjit Hoskote):

I burnt the dirt from my mind,
 a knife in my heart,
Spread my skirt to kneel at His door. 
Only then did Lalla’s name travel from mouth to mouth.
Unquote.

WE are extremely fortunate to have the support and participation of Womaninc, and other like-minded community groups. It's a pleasure extending our heartfelt thanks to all poets & authors who read, and to all those who graced the occasion with their presence.

Women Empowered-India (WE) is comprised of you, and we are deeply aware of the brilliance, kindness, love and warmth that shines on WE because of you.... 

Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal  Bob McKerrow  Menka Shivdasani Upal Deb  Arundhathi Subramaniami  Priya Sarukkai Chabria  Gjv Prasad Anju Makhija Ashwani Kumar Bina Sarkar Ellias Sudeep Sen  Hemant Divate  Nabina Das   Smruti Divate  Anjali Purohit  Vinita Agrawal Rochelle Potkar Taseer Gujral SoniaRao Sanjeev Khandekar  Jennifer Robertson  Sumana Roy  Smita Sahay, Gayatri Chawla, Sharon Iranii, Pervin Saket, Smriti Smriti Shetty Dalvii,  Sucharita Balraj  Mahesh Leelapandit, Trupthi Shetty, Ankita Shah  Ramneek Singh Shuchi Mehta  Damini Kane Priyal Panchal, Prakriti Kargeti, Harnidh Kaur & Mrinalini Harchandraii....many other friends, poets, beautiful people...

In our conversation 'Self-Expression in Feminism', Vinita Agarwal began by mentioning that self expression in feminism is not a new phenomenon. She quoted the rebellious poetry of Therigatha -  a collection of Buddhist feminist verses written by women who chose the spiritual path written 2600 years ago during the times of Buddha. She revealed how poetry heals and alleviates the suffering of women to some extent at least, and spoke of the beautiful bonds that women create by sharing poetry; she then read an extract from a poem by Anu Mahadev, (editor -  Womaninc.com).  Smita Sahay read a poem by Sumana Roy in Veils, Halos & Shackles, which always elicits a startled response in listeners - immense sadness and an awareness of all the fleeting beauty amidst it. I spoke about the need to undrestand and define our own feminism, instead of trying to fit into a given set of descriptions by others.


To conclude, let me leave you with this beautiful prose-poem from Erotext by Sudeep Sen :


Night Shot,  Krusevo


Night fell gently on Krusevo, and with it came the heavy-duty chill. I descended one of the streets - a long stairway - bold granite cut and joined at impossible angles that led to the town centre...
Had it not been for the teenagers who gathered in the town square to liven up the weekend, one would almost have mistaken the place for a ghost town.


I walked up and down the many Hill paths that knit the town together. I came upon many...  
Prilep and the surrounding villages glittered in incandescent light like a vast shifting swarm of glow-worm. ...

A shooting star from the middle of the sky scattered westwards before disappearing in a flash.  I held its trajectory in my memory and then in my hand, closed my fists, and made a wish, for peace. Somehow one tends to start with the smallest and most recognizable constellations in hand - my immediate family, my best friends and then others.

At a cafe bar off the town square, my friend Zoran and I…

Two linden trees...

When I ordered brandy...

Our chairs were perfectly placed to watch the street life - ...

From a house close by,  a beautiful peach-skinned Macedonian woman strutted out of the door with her mother sternly inquiring behind her : ' When will you be back home?' 'Seven in the morning,' she replied, walking away without looking back. The young men and women of the town were going to the central square, preening in full flight. The same time-worn courting rituals were enacted - some were successful, others went home disappointed. But the night's hopeful light at least provided them with an escape - fantasy is an important ingredient for survival in these times.


Smeetha Bhoumik

Woman Scream 2017 | Zambia | Zimbawe


The GirlChildCreativity Project which is a Zimbabwe arts, Literary  arts and girl child project is combining hands  with  a High School in  Livingstone , Zambia to host  the  Women Scream  International Poetry Festival celebrated worldwide every year to celebrate women issues through Creativity and Poetry. The GirlChildCreativity Project founded by Poet Mbizo Chirasha is  curating the Zimbabwe , Zambia region  for the Festival and this year on the 9th  of March Livingstone is hosting  the Event. The event is dubbed  Girls Rights  and Poetry . It will be in workshop form  and they will be a writers session for participants and reading session to cap up the event  that is coordinated Mr Milimo Chinimbwa who is a committed Zambia Poet , Educationist and Head of Literary Arts Cluster at the Technical High School.


 

Statement


Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival is the best Initiative over. Here we are going train young girls in school poetry writing and performance. This will help them get a platform and be equipped to have their own voice and space against any form of abuse. Girls abuse is a very serious issue in central and southern Africa hence the importance of this event.

Event Program- Woman Scream 2017


Date – the event took place in Livingstone, the border town of   Zimbabwe and Zambia last  THURSDAY the 9th of March 2017, the Venue vas the HILL CREST HIGH SCHOOL – LIVINGSTONE at 10 to 1500 Hrs. The Director of Ceremonies was MC States Chinimbwa.

PROGRAM- 2 hr  Training Workshop  on Poetry and Girls Rights  and 1 hr Readings by Young Writers and VISITING WRITERS.

10am – 10.15 – Remarks by Host  and Participants Coordinator- MC States Chinimbwa
10.15- 1030-  Background detail on Women Scream by the Curator
1030- 10.40– Reading  of girl child  short story by one of  the participants
1040- 11.00 – Tea Break
1100.1300-  Training workshop on Poetry and Girls Rights by  the Event Curator assisted by MC States Chinimbwa.
1300- 1400 – Lunch Break
Closing Remarks by the  Host and Participants Coordinator- MC States Chinimbwa.


About the Woman Scream 2017: A Scream for Girls


The Women Poets International Movement (Mujeres Poetas Internacional, MPI Inc.) in partnership with the Grito de Mujer® (Woman Scream) brand reported that over 30 countries will be part of the 7th. Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival 2017 under the motto: A Scream of freedom, to honor all the little girls of the world. Woman Scream will be celebrated from 1st to 31st of March 2017, with the participation of poets, artists and solidarity institutions.

Woman Scream 2017 will as every year, take its worldwide chain with over 200 different cities. It is organized with the altruistic support and solidarity of outstanding public and private organizations, artists and literary groups in several countries.

The participating countries for this March 2017 will be: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, USA, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Chile, Cuba, Uruguay, Peru, El Salvador, Honduras, Portugal, Haiti, Greece, Morocco, Italy, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, India, Macedonia, Luxembourg, among others.

Woman Scream is a free entry festival, open to the general public and includes an entertaining cultural program of scenic arts, music, dance, performance and poetry with social awareness. This year, the festival will abroad themes referring to girls such as: early pregnancy, child abuse, forced labor, Human Rights, etc.

More details about Woman Scream Festival by visiting the webpage www.gritodemujer.com

Or the blog in English http://womanscream.blogspot.com

Woman Scream 2017 | Accra | Ghana


On Sunday the 5th March 2017 at 15.30 GMT the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) hosted the 7th Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival at the open air rotunda on the premises of the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA).

The co-ordinator, Mariska Araba Taylor-Darko, a poet and writer said to the guests that “This event, themed “A scream for freedom to all the first in the world” was part of a worldwide chain of events started by the founder of the Women Poets International Movement (Mujeres Poetas Internacional, MPI), Jael Uribe of the Dominican Republic to make people aware of the un-equality and discrimination of children and women.”  

The event coincided with the 60th Anniversary of the Association and the 60th Anniversary of the independence of our country Ghana.  The programme was held under the umbrella of GAW Sunday, a monthly event open to poets, performers, writers, and children.  Present were some executives of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, President of the National Media Commission and President of GAW together with the Vice President of GAW and other executives.


A selection of poets performed spoken word about child marriages, women’s emancipation and freedom.  Hafrikan Prince, a poet, director and performer and his team performed a short sketch showing how some children were given away in marriage at an early age because of parental poverty and ignorance of the damage these early marriages cause to the girls.

Others performed song on the theme, read poems and written works.  There was a short debate about the molestation of women, and children and why it was wrong for men to think that the way they dressed gave them permission to do what they wanted.  There was a musical performance by a duo with a flute and guitar playing traditional Ghanaian Highlife which got people dancing. 

The performers were Erica Mawufemor, Native Girl Nana Afia Oppong –Kwakye, Michael Gasu, Faiba Bernard, Dr. Gheysika Agambila, Udoh Sylvester Savour, Hafrikan Prince, Abdulai Musah Rakia, Raymond Tuvi, MzPoetry-Gh (That Ewe Girl) Brenda Bakomora, Naa Kwaale Dove, Oswald Okaitey, H.L.Daniels, Martin Agbenavor, Nana Ofori-Atta, Maame Mozuma Asamoah and Adjin Tettey. 

Participants and performers were presented with certificates and we ended around 7pm.
We thank the Ghana Association of Writers for their support to make the programme a success



 

Woman Scream 2017 Connecticut USA

 

Colin Haskins & Free Poets Collective was honored to Present to a packed house: “Woman Scream” 2017, "A Scream of Freedom, to honor all the girls of the world” On Saturday March 4, 2017 – 2:00pm-4:30pm
Featured were: The Meeting House Poets & The Meeting House Jazz Trio, Hosted by Alexandrina Sergio. The Meeting House Poets: Cassandra Angelo - Richard Daigle - Jim Govoni - Clare Mazur, Esther McCune - Alexandrina Sergio - Isabelle Smith, Elizabeth Thomas - Andy Weatherwax & The Meeting House Jazz Trio: David Sergio, Piano, Walter Mayo, Bass, David Woodard, Drums Plus Featured Poet: Jessica Brooke aka Jessica Brooke Miller & Music & Poetry: Izikhotane + Open Mic Participants

It was held at The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center 605 Main Street Middletown, CT, USA. This was Free Poets Collective's 4th year of participation and we were the first group certified to host the "Woman Scream" event in the USA.

Woman Scream is an annual international poetry and arts festival begun in 2011 by The Women Poets International Movement in partnership with Grito de Mujer (Woman Scream). This year’s festival will be a month-long celebration in March with the motto, “A Scream of Freedom, to honor all the girls of the world.”
The Woman Scream Festival is completely free and open to all, with no entry fees, and seeks to combine arts and cultural entertainment such as music, dance, and poetry with social awareness. This year’s festival will bring attention to issues involving young girls around the world, such as early pregnancy, child abuse, and forced labor.

The Women Poets International Movement (Mujeres Poetas Internacional, MPI Inc.) in partnership with the Grito de Mujer® (Woman Scream) brand reported that over 30 countries will be part of the 7th. Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival 2017 under the motto: A Scream of freedom, to honor all the girls of the world. Woman Scream will be celebrated from 1st to 31st of March 2017, with the participation of poets, artists and solidarity institutions.

Woman Scream 2017 will as every year, take its worldwide chain with over 200 different cities. It is organized with the altruistic support and solidarity of outstanding public and private organizations, artists and literary groups in several countries.

Some of the participating countries for this March 2017 will be: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, USA, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Uruguay, Peru, El Salvador, Honduras, Portugal, Haiti, Greece, Morocco, Italy, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, India, Macedonia, Luxembourg, among others.

Woman Scream is a free entry festival, open to the general public and includes an entertaining cultural program of scenic arts, music, dance, performance and poetry with social awareness. This year, the festival will abroad themes referring to girls such as: early pregnancy, child abuse, forced labor, Human Rights, etc.


More details about Woman Scream Festival by visiting the webpage www.gritodemujer.com
Or the blog in English http://womanscream.blogspot.com

 
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About Woman Scream


It started in 2011, as poetic-artistic festival. It is a chain of simultaneous events in different countries throughout the month of March in tribute to women and against violence. Woman Scream (Grito de Mujer in Spanish) is organized by the Women Poets International Movement MPI, Inc., from the Dominican Republic, and it has served to sensitize people about the serious violence situations women face through various campaigns, related events and topics of interest. Events have been celebrated in around 60 countries, with more than 700 activities coordinated by volunteers. Grito de Mujer and its creator, the Dominican poet Jael Uribe, have won international awards for the work they carry out in favor of women’s causes.


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Woman Scream 2017: A Scream of Freedom for all Girls



The Women Poets International Movement (Mujeres Poetas Internacional, MPI Inc.) in partnership with the Grito de Mujer® (Woman Scream) brand reported that over 30 countries will be part of the 7th. Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival 2017 under the motto: A Scream of freedom, to honor all the little girls of the world. Woman Scream will be celebrated from 1st to 31st of March 2017, with the participation of poets, artists and solidarity institutions.

Woman Scream 2017 will as every year, take its worldwide chain with over 200 different cities. It is organized with the altruistic support and solidarity of outstanding public and private organizations, artists and literary groups in several countries.

The participating countries for this March 2017 will be: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, USA, Canada, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Chile, Cuba, Uruguay, Peru, El Salvador, Honduras, Portugal, Haiti, Greece, Morocco, Italy, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, India, Macedonia, Luxembourg, among others.

Woman Scream is a free entry festival, open to the general public and includes an entertaining cultural program of scenic arts, music, dance, performance and poetry with social awareness. This year, the festival will abroad themes referring to girls such as: early pregnancy, child abuse, forced labor, Human Rights, etc.

More details about Woman Scream Festival by visiting the webpage www.gritodemujer.com

Or the blog in English http://womanscream.blogspot.com


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About Woman Scream


It started in 2011, as poetic-artistic festival. It is a chain of simultaneous events in different countries throughout the month of March in tribute to women and against violence. Woman Scream (Grito de Mujer in Spanish) is organized by the Women Poets International Movement MPI, Inc., from the Dominican Republic, and it has served to sensitize people about the serious violence situations women face through various campaigns, related events and topics of interest. Events have been celebrated in around 60 countries, with more than 700 activities coordinated by volunteers. Grito de Mujer and its creator, the Dominican poet Jael Uribe, have won international awards for the work they carry out in favor of women’s causes.

Find out what happened in Woman Scream 2016 Opening at Madrid

 
Celebrated the days 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12 and 16 of March 2016.

Since last March 2dn, 2016 until the day 16th, Madrid, Spain was
for the first time the opening city of the recognized Grito de Mujer, Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival 2016, and the 1st. International Encounter of friends and supporters of the MPI Movement Inc., hosts of the festival. Woman Scream is a cause born at the Dominican Republic, this year Woman Scream took place simultaneously in over 30 countries and carried a social committed through arts and poetry, to deliver messages of self-esteem and zero tolerance of violence against women. In this sixth issue, Woman Scream brought a tribute to Arab women and all women who suffer under the yoke of archaic customs such as stoning, ablation, honor crimes, among others. The theme was "Desert Flowers," In honor of the Iranian Soraya Manutcherhi, stoned to death and accused falsely for being a "inconvenient" wife.


 
In Madrid, gathered more than a hundred poets, artists and collaborators of the Grito de Mujer cause from different nations that came to join, participate or just support this beautiful work, among them: Mexico, Poland, Palestine, Morocco, Peru, UK, Syria, Usa, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Geneva, Venezuela, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania ... and many more.



On March 2, 2016, we began with a pre-inaugural recital at the Library of Retiro District, with the participation of the poetess Bouchrail Echchaoui (Morocco), Teresa Cuadrado Morgado (Spain), Jael Uribe (Dominican Republic ), Jelen Romero Cuevas, Laura Olalla Olwid, Leonor Merino, Marisol Huerta Niembro, Rosa Maria Berlanga and Maria Victoria Caro Bernal (Spain).


On day 4, was presented the anthology Flores del Desierto (Desert Flowers), the event counted with the participation of 43 of the 76 national and international participant poets: Abner Tomas Viera Quezada (Peru), Ana Deacracias (Spain), Benilda Jesus Claro Alvarez (Colombia) Bogumila Olaniecka (Poland), Brunhilde Román Ibáñez (Spain), Carmen Crespo (Spain), Carmen Hernandez Rey (Spain), Carolina Cohen Polanco (Colombia), Concha Gorostiza Dapena (Spain), Corona Zamarro (Colombia), Dina Pardo Luz (Peru), Elena Vargas (Peru-Britain), Esther Freire (Spain), Fernando Saltos (Ecuador), Jael Uribe (Dominican Republic), Javier Lerena (Spain), Josefa Martínez Marquez (Spain), Lidia Acevedo ( Mexico), Lilian Vizcaino (Cuba), Lola Martinez Auñón (Spain), Luis Miguel Sanchez (Spain), Marlene Denis (Cuba-Spain), Maria Chamorro (Spain), María del Angulo Mar (Spain), María José Pérez Lima ( Spain), María Macías (Spain), María Sánchez Román (Spain), Mercedes Dueñas (Spain), Nir (Spain), Rosa Rodríguez (Spain) Salomé Ortega (Spain), Salvadorita Mancebo (Dominican Republic), Sandra Murillo (Ecuador ), Teresita Calderon (Puerto Rico-Switzerland), Valia Ilieva (Bulgaria), Zulma Quiñones (Puerto Rico).




Later on, that same day in the hall next to the same Buenavista Cultural Center, we proceeded to the opening of the art exhibition, also under the name Desert Flowers Flores del Desierto, with national and international artists and coverage of major media radio and international television such as the BBC, EFE, TVE, among others. In addition we had the distinguished presence of the Ambassador of Venezuela in Madrid, Mario Isea Bohorquez and Cultural Attaché of the Dominican Embassy in Madrid, Victor Ramirez.




Among the participants artists were painters and photographers: Federico Losada, Bouchrail Echchaoui, Carme Ollé i Cooderch, National Painters: Gloria Alvarez, Emilia Diaz, Lourdes Diez, International. Painters: Nayat Sahraoui, Salvadorita Mancebo, Functional Diversity: Mamen Delgado, Silvia Cota, Luz Galvan and young talents: Alicia Bercan and Manos de Luz group. It also featured sculptures from the artists Ana Benegas Haddad. Music and dance were in charge of by Ariadna Sounds of the Universe, the Kamra Group Rikh Ganech & Moon & Moon Dreams and Inma Garrote Camarena. There was a brief poetic recital with the participation of Antonio Capilla (Spain), Dragos Cosmin Popa (Romania), Fatima Nascimento (Portugal), Oskar Rodrigañez Florez (Spain), Pilar S. Tarduchy (Spain), Milagros Salvador (Spain).


On March 5, 2016 there was one morning dedicated to the theater and a brief discussion on the importance of theater to fight women violence, with the presentation two plays, La Karcel Azul, directed by Ana Santos-Olmos and performed by: Flavia Perez de Castro, Diana Irazabal and Lidia Palazuelo. And the works of small format play Evolution: Flores del Desierto, a fusion of music and performing arts performed by: Ariadna SDU, María José Pérez Lima and Concha Gorostiza.



In the afternoon, in the same Buenavista auditorium, took place the worldwide opening of the 6th. Woman Scream Festival 2016: Desert Flowers, with the participation of leading figures in Madrid’s literary world from different nationalities and with a great poetry selection, among excellent artistic performances. The opening featured the words of Dominican poetess Jael Uribe, President of the Women Poets International Movement Inc, and founder of the Woman Scream cause who also, had the support of the Dominican Embassy in Madrid through its cultural delegate Victor Ramirez. The overall coordination was the poetess Asuncion Caballero, active member and contributor to the MPI. Among the participants poets were: Amelia Diaz Benlluire (Spain), Rafael Soler (Spain), Esperanza Parraga (Spain), Jael Uribe (Dominican Republic), Esther Peñas (Spain) who also supported the presentation and poets participants, Isabel Miguel (Spain), Javier Peñín (Spain), María Pizarro (Spain), Rosa Berlanga Benito (Spain), Rachida Mohammedi (Arab American), Manhunt Sour (Palestine), Dra. Pilar Baumeister (Pilar Andreo Vila) , blind from Germany) poet, and finally Nina Affane Lys (Algeria). Artistic representation was in charge of Benegas Haddad Ana (Cantautora-Spain), Laura Granados (performer and composer), Ariadna Sounds of the Universe (Music), Inma Garrote Camarena (Spanish Dance), Maria Faidi (Oriental Dance).




 Later on, at 9 pm, in the halls of RafaelHoteles Ventas 4, at the Acala Street, we had a dinner gala, with a recital of international poets and the intervention of about 40 poets, storytellers, and collaborators of the Grito de Mujer cause, among which were: Estrella Cuadrado Morgado, Inma Díez, Antonia Cerrato, Antonieta Villamil, Assumption Vidarte, Barbara Duran (Isabela Simone, Mexico), Berkis Contreras, Bouchrail Echchaoui (Morocco), Laura Olalla Olwid, Clara Blazquez Jimenez, Clemen Corbalan, Edith Fernández García, Encarnación Sánchez Arenas, Helena Staghouraki (Greece), Gema Bocardo, Idoia Carramiñana, Ivonne Sánchez Barea, Lucrecia Lopez Guirao, Pilar García Orgaz, Maria del Carmen Aranda, Marizela Rios (Mexico ), Brunilde Román Ibáñez, Nieves Garcia, Raquel Herrero Alverola, Rocio Biedman, Rosario Miloro Costas, Yolanda García Ares, among others. The performance Flor Dorada en el Asfalto "Golden Flower on the Asphalt" of the dominican poetess Jael Uribe, put the note of surprise and fun at the sound of maracas and Taíno’s dance, dragging the applause of the audience. At the end of the night the awards ceremony took place among tears and emotions among the Woman Scream partners and collaborators who attended. Many of them where surprised with the award Mujer Alada, "The Winged Woman" and, beautiful certificates of appreciation for their outstanding work. Among the awarded they were: Zulma Quiñones (Puerto Rico), Teresita Calderon (Switzerland), Antonia Cerrato, Idoia Carramiñana, Adirane Azcuenaga, Maria Pizarro, Encarnación Sánchez Arenas, Rosa Garde, Bouchrail Echchaoui (Morocco), Berkis Contreras (USA), Ivonne Sánchez Barea, Maria Sanchez, Helena Staghouraki (Greece), Pedro Vera and Asuncion Caballero. There were also recognized the efforts of the poets Carmen Rey Hernandez, Inma Diez, Sergio Perez, and Edith Fernandez and for their unconditional support to the cause.



In the afternoon of March 6, 2016, there was a formal closure for the MPI encounter with a recital of national and international poets from Argentina, Mexico, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Spain, Poland, etc., among this: Lorena Paz (Argentina), Fatima Nascimento (Portugal), Oskar Rodrigañez Florez and Pilar S. Tarduchy (Spain), Jael Uribe (Dominican), Bogumila Olaniecka (Poland), among others. There was also a brief discussion about our personal experiences with violence and the importance of activities like to fight violence issues we face through more efficient and effective solutions.


On 9 March, 2016, the night was very emotional in the celebration of the Colloquium-Recital on women violence and ablation, where we had the wrenching personal testimony of Asha Ismail, on her own experience with this practice on the hands of her mother and grandmother when she was barely 5 years of age; the audience was moved to tears. The general coordinator of the meeting, Asuncion Caballero, proposed a solidarity concert for the NGO of Asha Ismail order to raise funds for her education program against female genital mutilation. In addition, we had the presentation of Ana Buñuel Heras, Director of Equality of the City of Madrid. The event was held in the Hall of the 2nd floor of the Junta Municipal del Distrito Retiro, where there was also a poetry recital with men and women poets with poems allusive to the cause.




Continuing acts on March 10, 2016, there was a second presentation of the Anthology Desert Flowers in the Hall of Poetry Center José Hierro, and a poetry recital was performed.







  
On Saturday, March 12, 2016, at the Cacharrería room in the Ateneo of Madrid, within the format of the Three Tertulias, we had the presentation of the Tertulia-Recital: How do desert flowers scream? a recital with poets of various nationalities among them Maria del Carmen Aranda, Luis Miguel Sanchez, Nieves Gallardo, Muhsin al-Ramli (Iraq) who read us in his mother language and was translated into Spanish by his beautiful little daughter. Mohamed El Idrissi (Morocco), Maisoun Shukai (Syria), Bogumila Olaniecka (Poland), Manhunt Sour (Palestine), there was also the intervention of a wonderful little girl from the public who improvised a poem. We also had the presentation "Poetic Justice or the importance of a scream" by the Dominican writer Jael Uribe. Moderation and overall presentation of the event was in charge of Asuncion Caballero and the hostess of the Tertulia, Ms. Victoria Caro Bernal.






The Tertulia was attended by a dedicated and participative public. Upon completion, a group of poets and participants shared a dinner at one of the restaurants in the famous Barrio de las Letras of Madrid.
 


The final event of the Grito de Mujer 2016 closure in Madrid, took place on March 16th, 2016 at the Egyptian Institute of Madrid, with a recital of poets of different nationalities including Carmen Crespo, Asuncion Caballero, Veronica Aranda, Felipe Espilez, Fernando Sabido, among others, the words of welcoming by the Director of the Egyptian Institute: Dr. Basem Saleh Daoud and the President of Intercultural Circle Hispanic Arabic, Abdo Tounsi. In this event could we enjoyed a magnificent participation of Hispanic-Arabic poets, highlighting the importance of equality between men and women. Upon completion, the Intercultural Circle Hispanic Arabic invited to a tasting of delicious Arabic sweets and tea.

Woman Scream Festival events, are celebrated during the month of March each year in over 30 countries worldwide, and is coordinated by the Women Poets International Movement (MPI) Inc. based at the Dominican Republic.

The MPI invites its friends and followers to follow the details of this grand opening in Madrid and to check each event details in different countries visiting the WS page at www.gritodemujer.com