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Fiona Smyth

FIONNA SMYTH

In her teen years, she joined PRISM as a quest for peacebuilding. She has a Masters in Comparative Ethnic Conflict and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Human Rights Law. 

From 2004, she has worked as the Campaigns and Media Officer at Amnesty International in Northern Ireland. For the last 15 years,  she has worked across Amnesty, Oxfam, the UN and Christian Aid. From 2011 to 2015 at Oxfam,  she was responsible for leading the Middle East  policy and advocacy team  during the time of the Arab Spring focusing specifically on Yemen, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory and led the Oxfam Advocacy response to the Syria Crisis. She has since worked very closely with Yemeni Women activists and CSOs,  Colombian Women HRDS, Women Lawyers in CAR calling for Women’s representation in the transitional Council,  as well as women leaders in Sudan as part of the transition period, facilitating Ala Salah to address the UN security council.

Last year while at Oxfam, she managed the development and launch of the IMatter campaign a campaign which worked with women crisis contexts to gain a seat at the table in peace talks, as part of this campaign.  One of the tactics of this campaign was to use art, poetry and drama. She also commissioned and co-authored a paper with renowned women peace and Security experts, on how to transform power and put women at the heart the Women peace and Security agenda. She currently leads the Global Policy and Advocacy team at Christian Aid.

Weather Mtaani - Kaa Rada Na Weather – Plan Your Business According to The Weather

The metrological department in Kenya is working with other ministries to provides weather education in order to save lives and property. Weather conditions can impact businesses negatively when not considered in their planning. The information shared by the metrological department helps its citizens to be prepared for the rains and to safe guard their businesses according to the forecasted weather.

Le Pouvoir Du Dialogue

“Le Pouvoir du Dialogue” (The Power of Dialogue) is a film produced by Central African film company OAZ Entertainment. It tells the story of two communities at odds, Gbara and Yingui, that gradually learn the power of peaceful conflict resolution and the importance of community dialogue to prevent cyclical violence and atrocities and to cultivate social cohesion.

A Doctor’s Dream: A Pill For Sleeping Sickness

From the rediscovery of an abandoned molecule to a breakthrough in medicine: follow the stories of sleeping sickness patients, doctors, and researchers.

Maduwarshini’s Story

A story filled with hope, Maduwarshini was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. With early intervention –  her determination and the love from her family is helping her manage her disability.

Struggling To Survive On The Zambezi River Banks

BaTonga clan have fled their homes due to drought. The have taken refuge at the banks of river Zambezi with the hopes of practicing farming but still they are not able to meet their needs due to poverty. They survive on food trade and during drought they eat wild fruits which are often poisonous. The children are prone to malnutrition diseases because of poor diet and women become more vulnerable to social ills.

Speak Up Against Sexual And Gender Based Violence

A skit made to create awareness on gender based violence in marriages.

The Inspiring Story of Selvamalar

After the war, Selvamalar did not know what to do with her life. All she knew is that she wanted to make something with her own hands. She learnt how to cook at the age of 10 and her passion in cooking birth a new fulfilling life filled with joy, hope and success.

Ani Wa Sa (We Are One)

Two brothers who come from a line of central African Zande hunters seek to protect their local forest from seemingly opposing avenues: one through family tradition and the other as part of a national park ranger team. Though their relationship has fractured, an advancing rebel group seeking to poach and traffic elephant ivory poses a mutual threat and the brothers may need each other to protect the people and wildlife of their homeland for generations to come.

Ani Wa Sa is being used in an innovative on-the-ground mobile cinema initiative to help build bridges of trust and collaboration between central African communities, conservation actors, and humanitarians, in an effort to improve the safety and build the resilience of people and wildlife in this fragile and interdependent ecosystem.

Defiance: Voices of a New Generation | Nigerian LGBT

Defiance explores the lives of young queer individuals who are not just out and visible but are vocal in the fight for equality in Nigeria. It also explores the laws in Nigeria and how they affect the personal lives of LGBT+ people in the country.

Risto Za Number Nane (8) | The Artist of Life

Kibera. In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic one thing that stands out in one of Africa’s largest slums is the colorful art on street corners and house walls warning the community of the deadly virus and reminding them to sanitize and wash their hands wherever possible. Behind the art is 26-year old James Dundi, a footballer and artist who finds himself amidst football and the contemporary art scene in Nairobi and the world. Can slum art survive the suburb world?

A Whole New World (Bells in Hell)

Sadia narrate how her father married her off to a man who treated her so cruelly. She tried to seek help from parents but her father sent her back to her husband. She later on got pregnant, gave birth to a still born and because of child birth complications she now suffers from fistula.

I Quit

Richard narrates his abuse story. He speaks of his trauma and he finds it difficult to share his story because he feels he will be stigmatized just because he is a man.

Life After Terror

Life After Terror is a short film featuring women from Borno State, Nigeria, sharing their experiences with the on-going insurgency. In the film, Hauwa Haman, who works as a translator and has experienced attacks by Boko Haram, Falmata Bunu, and Precious Samuel both of whom were abducted by Boko Haram, and escaped, share their stories.

Muthubanda’s Story

A story about Muthubanda whose businesses were rundown by his selfish friends. World Vision came in to restart his life again; he is now running a successful business and he is able to take care of his family. His disability never stopped him from pursuing a better life for himself and those that he loves.

Emeka’s Money

The story is based on a book by Onyinye Ough. It details how a politician takes  money set aside for government projects to benefit himself and his family. He gives jobs to those who bribe him and he cares less about the government projects that are failing due to lack of funds. He is unapologetic of his dealings and he will not allow anyone to stand in his way.

Diversified Livelihood For Climate Change Adaptation

The asset-based community-driven development (ABCD) approach encourages people to realize which personal, social, cultural, physical, natural and financial ‘assets’ they have and to use them better to develop their households and communities. The video follows participants of the Accelerating Adoption of Agroforestry (Triple A) project implemented by World Agroforestry (ICRAF) as they discover what they have, individually and collectively, and start with what they have in an innovative way to improve their lives and landscapes.

Mebet – A Mother’s Plea

Njillan shares promising news with her parents about her future, only to discover that her father has already promised someone her hand in marriage. She dies immediately after giving birth to her son due to child birth complications.

I will Be Fine

Thousands of refugee women from the middle east endure the uncertainty of their future and face various psychological and physiological problems due to stress in their life. Intisar Foundation is helping these women overcome their trauma through  drama therapy.

Vanishing Vultures

With their hunched posture and baldheads, vultures are associated with death. But they are the unsung cleanup crew in Africa. Without them, diseases would spread and the Maasai Mara Reserve would smell like a slaughterhouse. But in the last 30 years even African vulture species have declined by over 80%. Pastoralists angered by attacks on their cattle by lions lace the carcasses with poison. 60 % of vulture deaths have been due to poisoning. Follow a team trying to save them during the annual wildebeest migrations.

Kalpitiya

Poverty stricken communities in Sri Lanka are getting assistance from World Vision through the provision of light lamps. School going children now have access to light which aids them in studying at night.