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Angelina Jolie, in her capacity as Special Envoy for the UN Commissioner for Refugees, is coming to London this week to co-host the ‘Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict’ with Foreign Secretary William Hague, at the Excel Centre in London. This Summit, according to the organisers: "Will be the largest international event ever held on the issue of sexual violence in conflict. We want this Summit to be the moment that the world wakes up to say that sexual violence is not an inevitable part of war.”

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Mama Quilla Productions, a women-led theatre company that spotlights human rights issues through plays and performance with a focus on the female perspective, is this week calling on members of the general London public to pledge their support by giving funding - from as little as five pounds each - in the next ten days. This is in order to save its production of a triad of plays - titled ‘The Singing Stones’ - tackling and exploring the role of Arab women during Revolution.

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Drawing upon its rich archives and the fruitful results of its ongoing Research and Preservation Programme, the Palestine Film Foundation (PFF) is bringing to London this month a unique series of international films and poster graphic-art designs created in the period between 1968-1980.

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Ok, ladies, you all love designer gear and are proud of those expensive purchases you make in the name of style, fashion and just plain showing off. You can even admit to the secret pleasure when you make those buys; but, then, so many times you are left with pangs of guilt for the splashing out and might not even wear the item enough to justify the extremely high price you originally forked out.

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The London-based Arab British Centre (ABC) has just opened up a fun challenge by inviting everyone - from anywhere around the world - to submit potential new designs for its highly circulated Centre postcards.

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BBC Arabic, in partnership with the British Council, is currently preparing for its first film and documentary festival – titled ‘Aan Korb’ Festival - that aims to present the very best of submissions from the creators of feature films, short films, investigative reports, citizen journalism and documentaries that relate to the Arab world; and, that must explore some of the key issues that have arisen since the political uprisings began in December 2010.

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Pertaining to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region

 

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014 kicks off in London this week, ready to screen some incredible films that address the subject of human rights and their violations on the international scale; and, tackling the very important and difficult subjects that have dominated the global news agenda in the past year.

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Calling On All British-Arab Youngsters 16+ to Apply Now!

 

Welcome to Mawahib, a new annual artistic challenge set up by a group of British Arabs based in London to source out creative talent amongst the Arab diaspora; and, in particular, focusing on the youngsters from the age of 16+ to apply. The only requirement is that participants hail from an Arab origin and are resident in the United Kingdom.

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A special and ‘an open to all’ two-day festival is taking place in London this week to celebrate ‘the Media’ and the role it plays in helping to create and effect positive global change; and, importantly, it will be bringing together an incredible array of recognised experts from the field who will address several relevant themes. Truly, this will be a rare opportunity to hear from, learn about and to network with the terrific number of guest participants who will be coming into London from all over the world.

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The wonderful Nour Festival of Arts, organised by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, has returned this fourth year with an even more incredible array of artistic talent, events and performances than ever before, all hailing from the Middle East and North Africa region.

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