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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 5th Oct 2015
The Tobacco Factory Theatres * BRISTOL
Fahma Mohamed started volunteering with the Bristol-based anti-FGM and sexual violence charity Integrate when she was a 14 year old Bristol school girl and became a trustee at 16. In 2014 Fahma launched a petition demanding that Michael Gove, the then Secretary for Education, write to all schools reminding him of their duty to safeguard girls from FGM. In three weeks the petition attracted over 250,000 signatures and drew the public support of Malala Yousafzai and the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. In October 2014, Fahma won the ‘Outstanding Young Campaigner’ award at the Women of the Year Awards in London. Fahma will talk about the campaign so far and the battle to protect girls in the UK and globally.
David Olusoga lives in Bristol and is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker. Born in Lagos, Nigeria he studied history and journalism in the UK. He’s a multi award-winning documentary maker and is the presenter of the BBC 2 Series “The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire”, and “Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners”. David is also an award winning author. His first book was “The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism”. His recent book “The World’s War” was the winner of the World War One Book of the Year at the Political Book Awards 2015. He is currently writing a new history of slavery, “5000 Years a Slave”, and a new history of the British colonisation of Tasmania “White Slavery & the Black War”. He is also presenting a major landmark series for the BBC “A Black History of Britain”.
Clive Stafford Smith is the founder and Director of legal action charity Reprieve which campaigns against the death penalty worldwide. Clive spent 26 years working as an attorney in the Southern United States where he represented over 300 prisoners facing the death penalty, none of whom could afford a lawyer. He prevented the death penalty in all but six cases and has taken five cases to the US Supreme Court, all successfully. Clive has also helped secure the release of 65 prisoners from Guantánamo Bay and currently represents 10 more – including the last British resident of Guantánamo, Shaker Aamer. Alongside many other awards Clive has received an OBE for ‘humanitarian services’ in 2000; the Gandhi Peace Award in 2005; and the Contrarian Prize in 2014. He lives in Dorset.