Students illustrate life of women sans harassment, violence

By APP
Published: March 17, 2019
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Pakistan National Council of the Arts. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan National Council of the Arts. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: An exhibition of digital illustrations highlighting various forms of harassment and violence against the women titled ‘Free from Fear’ concluded at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Saturday.

The digital illustration exhibition was hosted by Oxfam Pakistan to mark International Women’s Day and engage the general public and youngsters on the topic “If women were free from fear of harassment and violence.”

This collection of posters was shortlisted from close to a 100 entries received as part of the Free from Fear Digital Illustration Competition launched at leading art institutions including Indus Valley, National College of Arts (NCA), Beaconhouse National University (BNU), Karachi University, COMSATS and others.

‘Violence against women’ exhibition at PNCA

A panel of judges featuring Shehzil Malik, Nigar Nazar and Samar Minallah selected the final winners.

It was an opportunity for visual art students from across Pakistan to share their vision of a world free from fear in digitally illustrated posters.

Oxfam has been working in Pakistan since 1973 to ensure that people, especially women and girls, are able to exercise their rights, and have access to basic services and economic resources.

It works with local groups, media, academia, private sector, think tanks and the governments to improve livelihoods, provide humanitarian aid, create safer communities and promote justice for people of lower socio-economic backgrounds and advocates women’s rights.

It also supports local partners and work with government authorities to improve the livelihoods of those living in poverty, and provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by disasters and conflict.  

Published in The Express Tribune, March 17th, 2019.

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