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Local activist Inez ‘humbled’ by play

By Nicci Gregg

North Belfast trade union and women's rights activist Inez McCormack has returned home from New York where she watched Meryl Streep's portrayal of her life in the play ‘Seven’.

Meryl played Inez in an ensemble reading of the documentary play which captures the important work and lives of women leaders around the world.

Seven, developed several years ago by Vital Voices Global Partnership, was commissioned to tell the inspiring personal stories of Inez and six other women who have triumphed over enormous obstacles to bring major changes to their home countries of Northern Ireland, Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Guatemala, and Cambodia.

Inez said: “It was extremely moving and humbling to watch such a powerful and renowned actress as Meryl Steep portraying my story on the stage.

“I took the opportunity of inviting Meryl when she next comes to Belfast to meet the women from housing and health groups that the Participation and the Practice of Rights Project (The PPR Project) is working with in north Belfast. It would be a wonderful opportunity for her to come to Belfast and meet them for herself.”

Introducing the play, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “I can personally attest to the power and example of these women.

"You will meet Inez. She and I have worked together since my time as First Lady. She has been an activist on behalf of women’s rights, labour and peace and her efforts to promote human rights and social justice remain an inspiration to me.”

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