"Stop Rape Now", Exhibition at Alliance Française of Enugu
Art Exhibition against Sexual Violence on Women and Children organized by Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL)/ Tamar SARC at Alliance Française Enugu on March 8, 2016
On March 8, 2016 Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL) / Tamar SARC, in collaboration with Alliance Française Enugu and the Enugu State Government, hosted the opening of an art exhibition against sexual violence on women and children to mark International Women’s Day. In line with Tamar SARC’s many initiatives to sensitize the public on the sexual and gender-based violence crisis occurring in Enugu state and curb its occurrence, Women’s Aid Collective created this art exhibition to bring increased awareness about the issue. Numerous students representing three universities (University of Nigeria Nsukka, Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu State, and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Anambra State) submitted approximately 54 works of art taking the form of various mediums such as photography, portraiture, and sculptures, which are being displayed at the Alliance Française Enugu exhibition hall until Saturday, March 12, 2016. Nearly 100 people attended the event. To commemorate the event the following dignitaries were in attendance : Mr. Edwin Eze, Honorable Commissioner Ministry of Youth and Sports ; Barrister Dr. Joy Ezeilo, Executive Director Women’s Aid Collective ; Mr. Olivier Mouginot, Director Alliance Francaise Enugu ; Barrister Okezie Nwajoku, SSA Government House ; Mr. James Irabor, National Gallery of Art ; Dr. Josephine Onah, Zonal Director Justice for All ; and Dr. Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi, HOD of Fine and Applied Arts University of Nigeria Nsukka.
Numerous students presented their art work to those in attendance, describing their respective pieces and the inspiration behind them. After examining the diverse art, the judges deliberated and Dr. Ikwuemesi announced the top three contestants. The third place prize of 15,000 naira was awarded to Uchenna Onyibor from IMT for his oil canvas piece depicting a raped female and her remorseful rapist. In second place came Sunday Ono from UNN. He received 20,000 for an elaborate sculpture representing the wooden female intertwined by her metallic rapist. Celestina Enechukwu received the first place prize of 30,000 naira for her photograph depicting voyeurism in an unsecure environment. The honorable commissioner awarded each a certificate and gave a brief remark on the importance of fighting the occurrence of rape and sexual violence in the community. Dr. Joy Ezeilo stressed the importance of international women’s day and ensuring that the community partners present worked together to build strong families and curb SGBV in Enugu state.
The opening ceremony demonstrated the importance and commitment of Enugu state government, NGOs, CSOs, media outlets, and youths to support the human rights of all, specifically women and children. Through art the students were able to give a voice to the many voiceless victims of sexual violence. Various parties present promised their continued support and dedication to fight against sexual violence in their communities.
**The public is free to peruse and purchase the art work until the exhibition closes on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The venue is: 40, Neni Street, Ogui, Enugu.
More informations about International Women’s Day here : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
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- Prof. Ikwuemesi et ses étudiants
Prof. Ikwuemesi and his students
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- La lauréate du concours
The winning artist
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- La photo 1er prix du concours
The picture which won the first prize