Film screening:The Migration Blanket – Climate Solidarity - RSA

Film screening: The Migration Blanket – Climate Solidarity

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RSA Fellows are invited to a screening of The Migration Blanket – Climate Solidarity at RSA House, London, on Thursday 29 June 2023 from 11.00-13.00 BST.

The UK has received warning that many of its coastal areas will eventually be non-existent due to rising sea levels, leaving livelihoods lost forever. Sadly, this is already happening in other parts of the world, especially in the Global South.

As Shofika, a Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh, explains “our house was destroyed and we couldn’t go to school when the floods came. Climate change destroyed our agricultural land.” Shofika is just one of 150 refugee and migrant women who took part in The Migration Blanket film project and shared her story as a woman on the frontline of the climate crisis.

The Migration Blanket – Climate Solidarity documents the experiences of Shofika, alongside other women from the UK and the Commonwealth, to highlight how climate change is destroying women’s lives. Using over 400 pieces of artwork handmade by these women from 17 Commonwealth countries, as well as the artwork created by award-winning artist and international human rights activist Salma Zulfiqar; the film portrays the role of the climate crisis in preventing access to education, enabling child marriage, inciting violence and extreme hunger.

Film Director, Salma Zulfiqar, explains that The Migration Blanket is a “call to ensure that women’s rights are protected as a key element in climate action and any policy making”. The film highlights the importance of protecting our oceans and biodiversity and is further used as an educational tool for organisations to empower youth with the knowledge needed to prevent violence against women and girls.

This event takes place as part of London Climate Action Week 2023. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with special guests.

Tickets are free but please register online to secure your place: The Migration Blanket – Climate Solidarity