Exhibition for gender equality ends in Dhaka


works presented during the exhibition entitled “Narir Shopno” held at the Drik gallery in the Panthapath in the capital from December 9 to 16 Mahmud Hossain Opu / Dhaka Tribune

Naripokkho chose 50 works of art to represent artists’ visions of a gender inclusive Bangladesh

An exhibition titled “Narir Shopno” was held Thursday at the Drik Gallery in the capital’s Panthapath to describe the dreams of Bangladeshi women for a safe and ideal society by showcasing the works of women artists.

The Naripokkho women’s rights group organized the exhibition to create a network of women from different generations to highlight the struggle of women during the 1971 War of Liberation.

By open invitation, artists aged 15 to 71 submitted portraits of their vision of a female utopian society. The organizers received more than 200 works of art from Bangladesh and around the world.

Naripokkho chose 50 from those that represent the visions of artists of a gender inclusive Bangladesh.

The event was launched by drawing inspiration from Begum Rokeya’s revolutionary feminist utopian story “Sultana’s Dream” about educated women at the helm of a society fueled by scientific research, empathy and intellect.

This exhibit was part of Naripokkho’s one-year campaign, titled “Shohoj Kothin Dwondwe Chhonde”, to engage young women. The show started on December 9 and ended on Thursday.

works presented during the exhibition entitled “Narir Shopno” held at the Drik gallery in the Panthapath in the capital from December 9 to 16 Mahmud Hossain Opu / Dhaka Tribune

The one-year program was designed to respond to an alarming spike in violence against women during the Covid-19 pandemic and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence.

As part of this program, several events such as webinars and workshops were organized in which Bangladeshi women from diverse professional and personal backgrounds had the opportunity to recount their challenges with managing work and patriarchal situations while by navigating the lives of women.

Kazi Tabassum Ahmed, participant and final year student at Home Economics College, said: “This kind of exhibition should be organized more to encourage artists. As a woman, I can feel that it is difficult to obtain the proper dignity in this society. So this kind of event can play a vital role in breaking the patriarchy. “

Samiha Nodi, development studies student at Dhaka University, said: “A total of 43 artists participated here. This is my ninth exhibition, but I am still very excited as a first exhibition because this event highlights the works of art of women artists. “

She added that there should be more opportunities specifically aimed at women, as there are few opportunities for women to show off their talents and unleash the power of their dreams in an explosion of color on every wall without to fear.

She added that enthusiasts should buy the works of art to inspire the artists and support their work.

works presented during the exhibition entitled “Narir Shopno” held at the Drik gallery in the Panthapath in the capital from December 9 to 16 Mahmud Hossain Opu / Dhaka Tribune

Warda Ashraf, Naripokkho volunteer and deputy director responsible for Save the Children, said: “We Bangladeshi women have been fighting for our freedom for 50 years. in the workplace, women are not seen in a higher position. At home, we are not treated equally. “

She said, “If we don’t speak up, it will take around 200 years to achieve equality in all areas of Bangladesh.

Human rights activist Khushi Kabir, president of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University Rokeya Sultana, cartoonist Nasrin Sultana Mitu and visual artist Liza Hasan were the judges of the exhibition.

Rokeya Sultana said: “Today you can paint beautifully and you can earn money. There are so many opportunities here. But when I was studying at Dhaka University, it was very difficult for me to get here.

“As a girl you always have to prove yourself to be successful because in this society we are not privileged like boys.”


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