At The Global Women’s Project we know that we stand on the shoulders of giants every single day. We wouldn’t be here doing what we do without the women who fought for our rights, who sacrificed so we may have it that bit easier and who showed immense resilience and courage in the face of adversity, injustice and patriarchal systems.
We also know that there are women, the world over, who are continuing that fight and it is our mission to support them as they challenge gender stereotypes and make gender equality a reality in their corner of the globe.
One of our aims as an organisation this year is to honour the women who blazed the trail for us and, in doing so, raise funds to support those grassroots women leading change in developing communities right now.
As you know, we partner with two remarkable women-led organisations in Nepal and Cambodia who provide education, livelihoods and leadership programs for women. These women are some of the most economically and socially disadvantaged people in the world, yet some of the most resilient, capable and courageous.
We are always looking for innovative and creative ways to support them so we decided that, for 2016, our major fundraising event would be an exhibition and art auction showcasing the trailblazing women of herstory to try and raise $25,000 for our work and our partners. It’s a big goal but we know that, with your help, we can get there.
Funnily enough, the idea for the event was inspired by a brief encounter between our Womanager of Comms & Community, Carmen, and none other than feminist icon Gloria Steinem. But more on that to come…
Here’s what you need to know about why we are doing this:
First and foremost it is to raise money for our partners in Cambodia and Nepal to keep doing what they are doing for women in their communities
We believe that doing the work of creating gender equality can be fun and meaningful and there is something very special about coming together in a room full of like-minded people
Art is an important way to agitate for change and celebrate women who have blazed the trail for us – plus we need to find ways to celebrate herstory in our everyday lives
Art can and should be accessible to everyone
Women/artists should be paid for their time and skills
On this last point, we see every day that women and artists are asked to give up their work product up for free and we do not want to be part of propagating this culture wherever we can. For this reason, we are offering all artists 50% of the sale price (or reserve price for auction items) of their piece.
Want to be involved?
The exhibition will run for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence with an opening event on Friday 25 November. On the night all pieces will be for sale or auction and so we encourage all forms those creatives among us to submit a piece for exhibition. Paint, sculpt, draw, stencil, print, decorate, photograph or do something else entirely – your work just needs to be original and a portrait of a trailblazing woman.
We are taking expressions of interest until July 31st 2016, and we will advise artists of the outcome in the first week of August.
Simply click here to fill out the submission form.
You will be asked to provide your name, links to your work, and your portrait idea. If your work is not online, no worries! You can send us some photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org instead.
If we haven’t covered your question, please email us at email@example.com
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