EU launches exhibition to celebrate women

Martin Endjala

The European Union’s Delegation to Namibia has launched the 2024 International Women’s Day (IWD) Female Artist Exhibition

The exhibition will take place at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) in Windhoek.

This captivating female artist exhibition will run from 6 to 12 March 2024. Themed ‘Inspire Inclusion’, this exhibition will serve as a platform for Namibian female artists to showcase their empowering artworks, reflecting a celebration of creativity and diversity.

The event will commence at 18:00, with artworks on display and sale by way of auction, with proceeds beyond the reserve price set to be donated to a Non-Governmental Organisation supporting Women Empowerment Initiatives in Namibia.

The roster of esteemed artists includes Anne Lacheiner Kuhn, Dörte Berner, Foibe Amundaba, Ina Maria Shikongo, Jo Rogge, Lynette Musukubili and Nicole Schaller.

EU Ambassador to Namibia, Ana Beatriz Martins, emphasised the significance of the exhibition, noting that it not only highlights the artistic prowess of Namibian women but also contributes to fostering inclusivity and women empowerment.

She encouraged the community to join in celebrating the talent and resilience of Namibian female artists.

The exhibition is hosted by the EU Delegation to Namibia in partnership with Franco- Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC), The Project Room and RMB Namibia.

The IWD aims to create a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. As well as a world where difference is valued and celebrated.

It further gives focus to issues of women’s reproductive rights, violence and abuse against women.

It is commemorated globally, an annual holiday celebrated on March 8 as a focal point in the women’s rights movement.

This came about after women gained suffrage during the Russian Provisional Government in 1917, IWD was then made a national holiday on March 8; it was subsequently celebrated on that date by the socialist movement and communist countries.

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