Ruth is an award winning cultural producer, activist and social entrepreneur. Over the past 15 years, Ruth has worked to make change with creativity in the most marginalized communities across the world. She is CEO and Artistic Director of multi-award winning organisation, In Place of War (IPOW). She has helped build the organisation from a small research project, to an organisation working in over 40 countries.
In Place of War is a support system for community artistic, creative and cultural organisations in places of conflict, revolution and areas suffering the consequences of conflict. In Place of War listens to creative communities and responds by providing innovative, do-it-together solutions for grassroots challenges, sourced from our global community of change-makers.
Ruth has pioneered the development of new creative hubs in a Congolese refugee camp; a prison in the war affected area of Uganda; with indigenous hip-hop artists in Uganda; on an island inhabited by single mothers in Lake Victoria; in Soweto, South Africa and in West Bank, Palestine. She has mobilised nearly 1,000 creative leaders across the world and was instrumental in creative In Place of War’s Creative and Social Entrepreneurial Programme, which has been delivered in thirteen countries. She has collected over £400,000 worth of music, studio, TV and film equipment to furnish new creative hubs.
Ruth will be speaking at GRRRL : Women, Creativity, Activism, Change and at Migration matters: Music in Activism + Refugee Rights at St. Elisabethkirche on Friday, November 10th, 2017.