The International Elimination of Violence Against Women at UKH

2 years ago

Today the university of Kurdistan Hewl?r, held the first International Elimination of Violence Against Women, 2017. It was hosted by The Holistic Art Centre and the centre collaborated with The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

This was the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism, which represents humanitarian values across the globe. The Holistic Art and student support centre specifically chose the EoV of woman as this is very important subject to highlight within the university and this region. To stand in unity together is the most important reason to hold this event.  Violation of women is still the same today as it was yesterday, however with the impact of the United Nations and other amazing organisations it is now being dealt with in the areas of need. The refugee camps and the IDPs camps are opening up more to this area of need and people are being healed.

However, there are more than 700 million women alive today were married as children, 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation, and two out of every three child trafficking victims are female. Yet unnervingly, gender-based violence knows no religion, age, nationality, culture, or socio-economic class. As unsettling as it is to imagine gender-based violence as an unknowable phantom with no beginning or end, cultural historian Rianne Eisler has, for decades, drawn attention to something far scarier: ?for most of recorded history [?] those who had the power to prevent and/or punish this violence through religion, law, or custom, openly or tacitly approved it.?

Luckily things are beginning to change globally, but as anything with this magnitude it is for most at an alarmingly slow rate.

We here at the university of Kurdistan are standing with the UN and the world as a voice to say we are strongly opposed to any violence against human beings. We have for the past few weeks been creating an installation with students and staff.

This piece of work is called ?solid?, here is the video of the work.

We have used stones to represent the impact of violence against women. 

Click here to see the photo album.

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