Following an in-depth investigation lasting more than a year, BBC Arabic exposed the hidden persecution of women who have broken the United Arab Emirates’ strict laws on sex outside marriage. Pregnant unmarried women evade the law by having illegal abortions, leave the country to give birth, or have abortions abroad. The vast majority of women who find themselves on the wrong side of the law are domestic helpers from poor countries like Ethiopia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Nepal who are bound by the UAE’s 'kafala' or sponsorship system.
Where: Garden Court North Chambers, 3rd Floor, Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester M3 2JA
When: February 28th 2017, 6 to 8pm