We are delighted to introduce you to our new Ambassador – Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan – pictured with our Executive Director Patrick Young and Interactive Theatre Programme Coordinator Ryan Borcherding.
A British MP and A&E Doctor at St. George’s Hospital in London, Rosena is a passionate advocate and dynamic force for global women’s rights – frequently using her voice to shine a spotlight on some of the most urgent issues facing women and girls today.
Rosena met Theatre for a Change in Bangladesh in September 2017, whilst visiting the country to advocate for the prevention of child marriage. Below she describes the impact of seeing our work for the first time, and why she decided to partner with us. Learn more about our Interactive Theatre for Justice project in Bangladesh, and hear Rosena speak about our work here.
We look forward to collaborating with Rosena to enable the most vulnerable and marginalised women and girls to amplify their voices and advocate for their rights.
“I first encountered Theatre for a Change’s work in Bangladesh, where I attended an Interactive Theatre for Justice performance to prevent child marriage. I have never seen anything like what I saw that day! The entire community – over 500 people – gathered to watch and take part in the performance, including power holders and community leaders.
The audience was invited to suggest ways the story could change for the better, and members were then invited on stage to make those changes as new characters in the drama. I could see the audience becoming more and more empowered as a result of working to overcome this challenge before them. This engagement laid the seeds for real change to occur in this community. I left that performance convinced that not a single person in that audience could be in favour of child marriage after that.
Theatre for a Change’s work is powerful. It changes lives. Their work doesn’t give voice to women and girls – it helps women and girls find their voice – and that’s a subtle but important distinction to make.
I am absolutely thrilled to an Ambassador for Theatre for a Change, because I wholeheartedly believe in the work they do. The empowerment of women and girls is absolutely central to healthy and vibrant communities both here in the UK and around the globe.
I very much look forward to supporting the great work of this organisation in creating platforms for the voices of women and girls to be heard at local and international levels”.