On March 5, 2016, Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, will introduce the global human rights education initiative - Speak Truth To Power - in Oslo, Norway.  Directed by acclaimed Norwegian director Lise Fjeldstad and performed by Norway’s most celebrated  actors, Speak Truth To Power:  Voices from Beyond the Dark, by renowned playwright Ariel Dorfman, and adapted from Kennedy’s book, Speak Truth To Power, Human Rights Defenders Who are Changing Our World, will be staged at the National Theatre on March 5th at 2:00pm.

Speak Truth To Power, a global initiative inspired by Kennedy's book, uses the experiences of courageous defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights and urge them to take action.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Speak Truth to Power to Norway.” said Kerry Kennedy.  “Our future depends upon the next generation becoming informed and taking action. The Speak Truth to Power curriculum empowers students to be agents of change. We are thrilled to be working with Norwegian schools to create a more just and peaceful world.”

In partnership with the Oslo-based Partnership for Change (PfC), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has developed a Norwegian curriculum, which not only tells the stories of universal Speak Truth to Power defenders, but also of local Norwegian heroes, including  Faten Mahdi Al- Hussaini,  Ole Henrik Magga, Natalina Jansen, Karen-Christine "Kim" Friele, and Wanda Heger.  The Norwegian title, “Mot uten grenser,” means Courage Without Borders.

“Speak Truth to Power is an important and effective tool that will help strengthen young people's place in society, whether it be to stand up against bullying, extremism or other negative forces, says Ingrid Stange, founder and chair of PfC.   “We are very happy to partner with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in bringing the program to Norway.” 

The curriculum and a photo exhibit by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Eddie Adams will also be launched at the National Theatre. 

Speak Truth to Power - Norway is sponsored by the Swedish Postcode Lottery Cultural Foundation, the Norwegian based Fritt Ord, and  Guggenheim Partners. 

 

The photo exhibition by Eddie Adams – Speak Truth To Power – The series features black and white portraits of human rights defenders by the late Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams.  The photo exhibition displays various aspects of human rights, ranging from children at war to environmental activism, to slavery. The photos have been displayed in cities on four different continents. The Norwegian exhibition includes portraits of the five local defenders taken by acclaimed photographers  Morten Brun  and Marcel Lelienhof .  In conjunction with the curriculum, the photo exhibit will tour around Norway to increase student  knowledge of human rights and encourage them to take action.

The play at the National Theatre – Speak Truth  to Power, Voices from Beyond the Dark  -- is a performance  based on the powerful interviews by Kerry Kennedy. It has been performed by both amateur and professional actors worldwide, including Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Viggo Mortensen, John Malkovich and Sigourney Weaver. In Oslo, celebrated actors such as Sverre Anker Ousdal, Kåre Conradi, Kim Haugen, and Gisken Armand will perform a dramatic reading directed by  Lise Fjeldstad.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Established by his friends and family in 1968, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights carries forward Robert Kennedy’s legacy, working to protect the rights of individuals everywhere. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights works with and through individuals to create a more just and peaceful world.

Partnership for Change (PfC) is a Norwegian nonprofit organization that works closely with Norwegian and international partners to strengthen women and young people through education, entrepreneurship and social business. In Norway PfC focus on awareness-raising activities related to culture and education.  www.partnershipforchange.org

Contact:

Project manager in Norway, PfC: Birgitte Siem,  Mob: + 47 920 800 99 bs@pfchange.org