week 08 of 2018


week8Artwork of the week by: Heather Cameroon, titled Grace, Dimensions 137cmx 106cm, part of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s permanent collection
This week the National Gallery Celebrates International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, 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. This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women have captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change. Running under campaign tag line “Press for progress” women are advocating for the maintenance of  the gender parity mind-set, challenge stereotypes and bias, forge positive visibility of women, influence others' beliefs and celebrate women's achievements.
The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights. Thus International Women's Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action whatever that looks like globally at a local level. The International Women's Day has been occurring for well over a century and continues to grow from strength to strength.
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe continues to support women artist by availing equal opportunities for both gender. This year the gallery will host a women exhibition curated by women for women artist. Heather Cameroon’s work depicts an elderly woman sitting on a chair; in front of her is a table with herbs and other cultural items that seem to be on sale depicting mothers as hardworkers.