Week 10 of 2017



The artwork GIVE US BOOKS NOT HUSBANDS advocates for equal access to education for the girl child. It interrogates the scourge of child marriages which affects

about one in every four girls in Sub-Saharan Africa. The work is currently on display along with others in the  Dis(colour)ed Margins exhibition, which features five female artists contributing to the relevant discussion regarding the politics of women’s bodies, race, migration and displacement.   
This week we celebrate the International Women's Day. International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made by women, in the economic, cultural and political, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.  
Women and girls continue to face stereotypes, social and cultural restrictions, limited access to education and funding for research, which prevents them from reaching their full potential. While women have made great strides towards achieving gender equality, women still remain a minority in areas such as science research, policy and decision-making. Meaningful progress must start with the rights and dignity of women, through nurturing their ingenuity and innovation.
The theme for this year's celebration is: “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. The work place is fast changing, and with significant implications for women. On one hand, there is globalization, technological and digital revolution and the opportunities they bring, and on the other hand, the growing informality of labor, nstable livelihoods and incomes, new fiscal and trade policies and environmental impacts all of which must be addressed in the context of women’s economic empowerment. Women have fought to protect their homes, their children, womanhood, and their sexual integrity and for that and more they should be celebrated.