ART EXHIBITION SPEAKS VOLUMES FOR WOMEN
By: Winston Sibanda
The Art for Humanity (AFH) organisation exhibited their Women for Children artwork at the Durban University of Technology on Tuesday evening.
The exhibition was in honour of women’s month.
According to their media intern, Zimasa Magudu, the collection was made in 2006. It was re-exhibited to show the relevance of the messages behind the artwork in today’s society.
Director of AFH, Jan Jordan, said that the artwork was inspired by the idea of promoting children and women’s rights.
He applauded women of today for taking the initiative to be independent.
Jordan said, “Women of today play a leading role- if we look at the student population we can see a balance between men and women in tertiary institutions- this shows that they are equipping themselves for the workplace, which used to be a man’s world.”
He said poverty has a huge impact on the life of a girl child. He said communities should question some of the decisions made by children before judging them.
He also acknowledged the South African democracy for supporting women.
“We have a constitution made by the people, for the people, which is recognised throughout the world. It gives everyone equal opportunities and this shows South Africa has a great future ahead,” added Jordan.
Professor Nqabomzi Gawe said that when the President said South Africa was ready for a female president, that was a symbol of hope for women.
She said women have children at heart, so if they take leadership positions they will consider the best interests of children. She also urged people to protect women and children.
“Freedom is a fundamental right- women’s bodies were not designed to endure abuse hence it is everyone’s duty to protect women and children for a better South Africa,” said Professor Gawe.
Andiswa Dlamini said people should not undermine the role of art in voicing out societal issues. She said everything has an artistic side to it.
She acknowledged AFH for honoring women’s month through art. She said the women of today have a voice through art and they are not utilising it. She urged women to use their strength to bring change in society and break the silence.