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Picturing Power
All of us have seen a political poster past its time: peeling off a wall in tatters, or peeking out from underneath another poster of the next big thing.  Posters are, by their very nature, a throwaway form of art and communication.  But, when it comes to posters produced by and for India's women, one group wants to ensure these messages are not forgotten.
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Painting Power and History
When artist Chinwe Uwatse takes her brush in hand, she recreates an ancient tradition of Nigerian women in modern form. Uli was the ancient body painting art form practiced by and for Igbo women, a predominantly Christian ethnic group in Nigeria. Uli artists adorned women's bodies with geometric and organic designs for special occasions or ceremonies, using dark ink that temporarily stained the skin...
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Confronting Ugly with Ugly
What do you get when you confront ugly with ugly? In Norway, women's rights activists got change.
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When Tradition Empowers Women
Light falls on Chefchaouen, scattering a palette of blues. This hilly town in Northern Morocco is known for its indigos and robin's-egg blue doors and windowsills, making the sky feel closer to earth. Somewhere inside a group of women gather, dressed in beautiful embroidered robes. The room is filled with anticipation of the hadra, spiritual ceremony which is about to begin...
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First Money, Then Power
Too often words like ignorant, impoverished and oppressed are used to describe women in the Global South. Collectively, Westerners tend to imagine these women as victims. Recent efforts to put economic resources in these women's hands have changed the way they experience and express their power. Governments, schools and civil society organizations alike have recognized that arming women with small loans, as well as helping them develop skills necessary to run their own businesses, benefits women, their families and their communities.Below you will find profiles of five women who have benefited from microcredit loans...
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Emancipated Woman – Build Up Socialism!
In 1923, the American Journalist Albert Rhys Williams noted a ubiquitous feature of the Russian urban landscape: the poster. "The visitor to Russia," he wrote, "is struck by the multitudes of posters--in factories and barracks, on walls and rail-way cars, on telegraph poles--everywhere." Indeed, there were over 3.2 million posters distributed in 1920 alone by Gosizdat, the state publishing house and 7.5 million during the following three years...
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Cartoon As a Political Manifesto
Women don't have a sense of humor. Women don't care about politics. Women don't want to be politicians. For eight years, these false truisms formed a haunting soundtrack to French cartoonist Catherine Beaunez's life.
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Intimate Symbols of Power
My art explores intimate themes using myself, friends and family as the subjects. My current series of paintings is about women's personal transformations and healing. I depict subjects who are in various states of emergence from patterns that have had a negative impact on their lives...
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Body As Art
Many contemporary women artists use their body to make a political statement. Artist Ingrid Mwangi is one of them, creating work that is innovative, visually striking and often shocking. She spent the first 15 years of her life in Kenya and has been living in Germany ever since. Through photography, performance, sound, installation and video, she's created a "body of work" that questions both social and political conventions...
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Women's Justice
Originally established in 1994 by the non-profit organization Action India, Mahila Panchayats are voluntary women's courts that settle disputes between individuals.
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