International Day Of
The Girl Child
11 October 2018
by THE EDITORS | Mama Wins | October 11th, 2018
Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
Today's generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people, most of them female, are currently neither employed or in education or training.
Of the 1 billion young people – including 600 million adolescent girls that will enter the workforce in the next decade, more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common.
On 11 October, International Day of the Girl, the UN is working alongside all girls to expand existing learning opportunities, chart new pathways and calling on the global community to rethink how to prepare them for a successful transition into the world of work.
Under the theme, With Her: A Skilled GirlForce, International Day of the Girl will mark the beginning of a year-long effort to bring together partners and stakeholders to advocate for, and draw attention and investments to, the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability.
ArtCan is a non-profit arts organisation that supports artists through profile raising activities and exhibitions, an open network of ‘likeminded’ peers, and practical support structures. As part of their commitment to positively affect society and the environment around us, their philanthropic team also use art exhibitions and events to highlight issues such as World Water Day, Earth Day and Mother Tongue Day.
This year the theme for ArtCan focuses on Empowering the Adolescent Girl. There are nearly 600 million girls aged 10 to 19 in the world today, each with limitless individual potential, however they are disappearing from public awareness and the international development agenda. Between inequities in secondary education to protection issues, adolescent girls are uniquely impacted and should benefit from targeted investments and programmes that address their distinct needs. Investing in adolescent girls can have a formidable ripple effect to create a better world by 2030.
With this in mind, 16 ArtCan artists will be exhibiting in the Resource for London Centre from 2 October to 12 November 2018. ArtCan have also offered an opportunity to Hibiscus Initiatives, who empower and champion the rights of foreign national and black, minority ethnic and refugee women affected by the criminal justice system, under immigration control and victims of human trafficking.
Three of Hibiscus Initiatives service users will shadow ouexhibition set-up, promotion, and private view and ArtCan will in turn support Hibiscus’s setting up their own jewellery, exhibition in December, helping created displays and the curating on the day. We hope that supporting the women will give them practical skills and foster a sense of self-worth.
#FreedomForGirls / #DayOfTheGirl / #ENDviolence / #EmPOWER Girls
Please see: www.unicef.org/gender/gender_dayofthegirl.html for more information
Take My Hand
Fear has denied girls education in so many parts of the world, a fear that girls will step out of place, a fear of what a girl could do with such knowledge. The Victorians believed that deep intellectual thought could have a detrimental effect on a woman’s weak brain, yet studies show that educating girls and women is the single most effective strategy to ensure the well-being and health of children and the long-term success of developing economies.
Take My Hand is made with my own daughter’s old school work, text books, uniform as well as the things that inspire her such as the news magazine the Week Junior, Horrible Science, art books and fairy tales. A swing, a place for dreaming, hangs waiting for daybreak.
The opportunity is there for her to learn so much more than I have, and I can only lead her as far as I have been, before letting her move on to choose her own path.
Go Get Him and That’s a Good Enough Reason
Both the subject’s expressions and the titles of these works serve to illustrate the attitude, bloody-mindedness and vulnerability of young women.
There is a worrying trend towards narcissistic visual content on social media; body-consciousness and anxiety issues are rife amongst young people particularly young girls.
Unlike, the semi-clad, women gracing the media and our screens - inert, amiable and awaiting the impressions of the viewer - the gestures of the women in my paintings are unselfconscious, universal and not intended for immortalisation.
Girls Girls Girls
Throughout time womankind (or ‘womanship’ c.1609) has been defined by its relationship, or amusement value, to men. And delivered so charmingly (not)through the medium of a ‘CatCall’
‘babe’ or ‘sweetheart’? Ohh they are tame.. How about:
Mare, Piece, Minikin, Pigsy, Skirt, Jug, Tarleather, Pussy, Smock, Rib, Maness, Mumps, Petticoat, Rib of man (kind), Modicum, Uptails, Cow, Biddy, Pintail, Piece of goods, Bit of muslin, Heifer, Hay-bag, Bint, Tart, Mivvy, Totty, Frail, Bit of Stuff, Bit of Fluff, Floozie, Muff, Bird, Bimbo…. Oh lordy.. the list goes on.
Time to change.. Time to stop.. Time to respect..