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Forum Cultural and Artistic Activities


Visual installation
Visual installation
Graffiti
Graffiti
Tribute to WHRDs
Tribute to WHRDs
Forum party
Forum party
Solidarity March
Solidarity March
 
Turkish artist, Ece Polen Budak, created a visual installation called Nazar Degmesin (May the Evil Eye Not Touch Her) to wish women’s rights advocates well in their struggles.


Ece the artist poignantly described her vision for Nazar Degmesin when she said: “I want women attending the Forum to recollect this gathering and the promise they made to enact change. Just as the tree was bare and then came full to bloom—so shall we.


Panmela Castro talks about her organization's work in using graffiti and art to promote gender equality in Rio.

Graffiti artists and women’s rights advocates—Pamela Castro from Brazil and Shady Khalil from Egypt—painted on site, demonstrating the universal power of colour, images and symbols to transmit key political messages in creative ways.




To give greater visibility to the rising violence against women’s human rights defenders around the globe, and to honour the thousands of women who are no longer with us but lived their lives fighting for women’s rights, for the first time, the AWID Forum program included “A Tribute to Feminist Activists and Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Who Are No Longer With Us.”


This multi-media, music and art presentation, developed in partnership with Breakthrough Collaborative, commemorated and celebrated the lives, work and passion of feminist activists who had died since we last gathered at the 2008 Forum.

This video is part of the "Tribute to Feminist Activists and Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Who Are No Longer With Us.” The exhibit featured Women Human Rights Defenders who died, were killed, or were disappeared since the last AWID Forum in 2008. (Produced by Breakthrough, 2012)
Forum participant Jennifer Allsopp (OpenDemocracy 50-50, Nov. 25, 2012) shares her revelation on hearing the term ‘Women Human Rights Defenders' at the AWID Forum. She concludes that: “There is growing recognition by the international community that women human rights defenders are best placed to respond to violence against women and a crucial force for peace; but the international protection framework needs to be made more accessible to those in need.

Anonymous feedback to the Tribute: “The tribute to these women, compañeras who now are on our memory even if they are no longer with us, connects with our humanity, makes us come together, makes us feel pain, but also encourage us as women defenders.

The historic Binbirdirek Cistern in Istanbul was the location for the traditional Forum party, which in 2012 was also a commemoration of our 30th Anniversary. The event honoured some of the key women in the history of AWID including founding members, former Board members, and former Executive Director Joanna Kerr.

(AWID 30th Anniversary Forum Party)

Women from the AWID forum march in Taksim Square.
Photo courtesy of: Jameen Kaur/Oxfam

Starting in Taksim Square and proceeding down one of Istanbul’s main streets, The Solidarity March: Defending Women’s Human Rights, was a closing highlight for many Turkey- based activists and as well as those from elsewhere. It provided the opportunity for Forum participants to connect with activists in Turkey and learn more about women’s rights struggles there as the country is taking on an increasingly prominent role in global geopolitics. The mass of demonstrators chanted, sang and waved banners as they marched, demanding recognition for domestic labour, or what they call “invisible labour.”


BRIDGE team had an amazing, inspiring and exhausting #awidForum, ending with the march for women's rights... Unforgettable!
— The BRIDGE Programme