We Still Fight in the Dark: Performance, Screening and Discussion (Postponed)

On November 10th, SHaME will be hosting a performance, screening, and panel discussion celebrating the activism and networks of Latin American victims and survivors of gender-based and especially sexual violence in the UK.

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

PLEASE NOTE this event has been delayed due to transport strikes and will be rescheduled in the new year. If you have already registered, we will contact you with further details. 


On November 10th, SHaME will be hosting a performance, screening, and panel discussion celebrating the activism and networks of Latin American victims and survivors of gender-based and especially sexual violence in the UK. The event will be held in collaboration with King’s College London researcher Professor Cathy McIlwaine’s project We Still Fight in the Dark, People’s Palace Projects, and Migrants in Action, a Community Arts Programme for women from Portuguese speaking global South countries who experience gender-based violence in London. Inspired by the themes and discussions of the second Shameless! Ecoar! Festival of Activism against Sexual Violence, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in September, the evening will draw attention to the impact of such violence on these minoritised communities, as well as promoting a conversation about encounters between medical and psychiatric services and Latin American survivors in the UK.

Shameless! Ecoar! represents the second event of a three-year unique collaboration between the WOW Foundation (Women of the World) and the SHaME team, with funding from the Wellcome Trust. It was developed in partnership with Redes da Mare, to ensure that issues of most relevance and importance to local communities are being addressed within the framework of bringing together activism and art to confront and change attitudes towards sexual violence, share ideas, and imagine a rape-free world.

We Can’t Fight in the Dark is a project developed by Professor Cathy McIlwaine of King’s College London, and managed by Renata Peppl in conjunction with Redes da Mare in Rio, the Latin American Women’s Rights Service and the People’s Palace Project at QMUL. They collaborated on an interdisciplinary project examined gender violence experienced by two groups: women and girls living in the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro, Complexo da Maré – where residents are predominantly poor and where gender-based violence is endemic – and among the Brazilian women living in London, one of the fastest-growing migrant groups in the city and the largest among Latin American countries.

This film and installation performance We Still Fight in the Dark has been created by Migrants in Action (MinA) in collaboration with McIlwaine to reflect on issues pertinent to migrant communities of Latin American women in the UK. The event will take the form of a live performance, followed by a short screening, a panel discussion and a reception.

Age Guidance: 18 yrs +

This event is in person only.

We will be releasing a safeguarding statement closer to the event.
Followed by a Reception

Joining us on the night: 

Professor Cathy McIlwaine is a researcher at King’s College London. She has long experience in working in this part of the world and on these issues. She has worked with Redes da Mare in Rio since 2017 on research on gender-based violence (mostly recently on resistance to such violence which includes activism) – with Casa das Mulheres da Mare. Her research revolves around issues of gender, poverty and violence in cities, especially in Latin America, and among migrants in London. The latter focuses on low-paid migrant workers in general and specifically the Latin American community in relation to transnational livelihoods, citizenship and gendered violence.

Dr Ruth Beecher is a postdoctoral research fellow on the SHaME project. She is a social and cultural historian with interests in the history of race, gender, children and families, and popular culture in the US and UK in the twentieth century. She is trained in both applied and historical research (University of Sheffield and Birkbeck). Prior to the project, she managed a range of family support services in London.

Carolina Cal is the Founder & Artistic Director at Migrants in Action (MinA). Carolina holds a BA in Acting and a MA in Applied Theatre from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she researched, practiced and developed MinA. Her current work and research focuses on the use of theatre in the recovery and empowerment process of minoritised migrant women survivors of gender-based violence in London.

Claudia Croppo is a psychotherapist with years of experience in the private and public sector, supporting people dealing with interpersonal trauma. She is the co-founder of TeSer, a CIC run by and for Brazilian women in the UK with a focus on preventive and community work. Previously she has worked at Solace Women’s Aid, Latin American Women’s Rights Service, East London Rape Crisis among other organisations.

Renata Peppl is a Projects Manager for People’s Palace Projects and based at the QMUL Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, where she works on several arts and mental health/wellbeing projects, including With One Voice – our arts and homelessness UK-Brazil exchange in collaboration with Streetwise Opera. She is leading the development and production of Shameless! Rio.