Reading of the play “Seven” in the Ukrainian Parliament

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    Seven in the Rada Photo: Madeleine Lerup

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    Seven in the Rada Photo: Madeleine Lerup

On Wednesday the 25th of November a reading of the documentary play “Seven” took place in the Plenary Hall of the Ukrainian Parliament.

On November 25th the International Day for the Elimination of All Violence Against Women is commemorated.

On this day a reading of the documentary play “Seven” took place in the Plenary Hall of the Ukrainian Parliament. The play is based on interviews and real life stories of seven women, human rights activists from different countries of the world. The lives of nearly all of them were in danger but they managed to overcome the worst and become the voices of women from all over the world, the voices that inspire other people to fight for their rights. Seven is written by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz in collaboration with Vital Voices Global Partnership.

Members of the Parliament Iryna Lutsenko, Mustafa Nayem, Boryslav Bereza, Iryna Podolyak, Ostap Semerak, actress Natalia Sumska and human rights activist Tamila Tasheva performed the reading in the Ukrainian Parliament.

This event has received a lot of interest since Ukraine is in the process of preparing for the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention)

At the press-briefing held before the reading, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to Ukraine, Andreas von Beckerath, underlined the importance of the ratification of the Istanbul Convention and combating violence against women at all levels including the domestic violence as “the national security starts at home”.

The reading was organized by the Embassy of Sweden to Ukraine, the Office of the Council of Europe in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Women’s Fund and Hedda Produktion AB with the support of Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Volodymyr Groisman.

The grand premiere of the documentary play took place in Kyiv on March 26, 2015, featuring the following readers; Ada Rogovtseva, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, Serhiy Zhadan, Oksana Zabuzhko, Mustafa Nayem, Oksana Syroyid and Tamila Tasheva.  

The issues raised by the play are extremely pressing, which has been illustrated by the big interest that has been shown by various Ukrainian cities to stage the performance. The play has already been shown in the city of Zhytomyr. On the 7th of December “Seven” will be staged in Lviv.

The play has toured around the world and has been performed 200 times in 32 countries.

For more information about the play, see

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