IVAN is submitting unique, bright pieces for viewing and auction at IWI’s upcoming Art Exhibition!
“Painting, drawing and sculpture are all part of the same manual arts, which are able to give a deeper satisfaction than other more logical or rational tasks. Colours, shapes and volumes give life to a different dimension of thought – this medium I like to call Biophilia.” - IVAN.
Originally from La Paz – Bolivia, IVAN started painting at the age of eight inspired by some Indian ink and tempera drawings left by an old uncle. IVAN paints to express his perception of time, ‘our time.’ He perceives his art as a ‘way to channel day to day of awareness through images, using for this purpose mainly oil colours and different graphic techniques to achieve the desired meaning.’
IVAN’s work was displayed at the ‘Handmade Biophilia’ joint exhibition with Camille Lesourd at the Hundred Years Gallery in London in October 2013. His work was also showcased at the ACME London - Collective open studios exhibition in August 2013. Additionally, his work was exhibited at the International Day - UNDCP in 1993, where he was recognized as the Runner Up.
IVAN studied Fine Art at the Institute of Fine Arts in La Paz and later studied Mixed Media Painting at Central Saint Martins in London. He currently lives and works in North West London.
If you plan to attend IWI’s Art Exhibition and Auction on 31 May at Unit 24 Gallery in London, be sure to register online at:http://www.internationalwomensinitiative.org/#!events/c1lys
More information on the event and other participating artists can also be found here:https://www.facebook.com/events/469315349835972/
The paintings of YAMAKO KING will proudly be showcased by IWI at our upcoming art auction, Strength and Nurture, a Celebration of Women!
YAMAKO KING is heavily inspired by surrealism and childhood imagery, as well as Japanese cultural influences. She is interested in fragility and dream like worlds.
YAMAKO studied Fine Art at Central St Martins and then went on to study for a Psychology degree. This artist currently lives in London.
If you would like more information on how to view these intriguing, bold pieces in person, visit:https://www.facebook.com/events/469315349835972/
For enthusiasts who have made plans to attend, be sure to register online!
Children in Iraq could be legally married before the age of nine under newly proposed legislation. Known as the Jaafari law, the legislation introduces new religious restrictions on women and girls. Currently, the legal age for marriage without parental consent is 18, though girls as young as 15 can marry with a guardian’s approval. The draft law also legalizes marital rape."The passage of the Jaafari law sets the ground for legalised inequality," says women’s rights activist, Basma al-Khateeb.
Read more via The Telegraph.
Women and Vector-borne Diseases
This week began with World Health Day focussing on vector-borne diseases (VBD); viruses that can kill and usually have no vaccinations available, so prevention is key in stopping infection and their spread. Illnesses like Dengue; the fastest growing disease in the world with a 30 fold increase in incidence over the last 50 years, Malaria; #1 in a top ten list of fatal yet preventable diseases in Uganda and other sub-Saharan countries, and Lyme disease; common in Europe and North America, are three examples of vector borne diseases.
Vector-borne diseases account for at least 17% of infectious diseases and result in 1 million deaths annually according to WHO. Around half of the world’s population are at risk of contracting a VBD, and the poorest populations are most at risk. Lack of sanitation, clean drinking water and adequate housing are major factors in being able to prevent these diseases, and their spread, and something that is often in short supply in low to middle income countries.
Pregnant women, babies and small children are more susceptible to VBDs than the rest of the population; for a number of different reasons. For pregnant women, the immunosuppression caused by pregnancy plays a big role in their vulnerability – for example, they are four times more likely to contract malaria, and twice more likely to die from it than other adults. Children and babies are, of course, reliant on their carers for protection against the carriers of these diseases – mosquitos for dengue and malaria and in the instance of Lyme disease, ticks. Adequate clothing, the use of insect repellents and good hygiene all help in preventing VBDs.
Simple interventions such as insecticide treated nets (ITNs) - which if used properly can reduce the likelihood of contraction by up to 90% - are another way of stopping the spread of these infections further afield. Although the average cost of a mosquito net is just USD$4, this is out of reach for many where they are most needed. Interestingly, women who have the resources to do so are more likely to buy ITNs for their households than men. Other interventions include provision of safe drinking water, sanitation, covering of drains, better drainage to reduce stagnant water in communities where mosquitos can breed, and general health education so people are able to be actively involved in preventing the contraction and spread of these illnesses.
Because the physiological differences between men and women, and other social/gender norms make women more vulnerable to VBDs, there is an additional need to create health information and gender specific education relating to VBDs for women, to reduce infections and their spread. By making women more aware of the factors in their environment that pose a risk of infection and involving them in the solutions within their communities we are not only empowering women to build healthier lives and families, but also educating future generations as they in turn, educate their children.
Image via Etsy
IWI - Our Light Art Exhibition on May 31st
This week we are highlighting the work of Nusha Purdy, a London artist who will be exhibiting and auctioning her work at IWI’s Our Light Art Exhibition - Strength and Nurture, A Celebration of Women on May 31st. All money raised from the auction will go towards funding our first project in Uganda – The Safe Birthing Project.
Nusha Purdy is a 23 year old intern at the National Portrait Gallery. She studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and has grown up in London. Much of her artistic practise has been concerned with process and the female body. She uses photography as a raw material of which she then photocopies , prints, cuts and folds the images in the same respect a surgeon cuts slices and stitches the body. Since graduating Nusha likes to pretend she is still an art student and attends evening lectures at the RCA and one day hopes to do a masters there. One day.
The Exhibition will start at 5.30pm and be held at Unit 24 Gallery, next to the Tate Modern, London. Online registration opens on April 15th
For more information on attending IWI’s Art Exhibition on 31 May, go to IWI’s event page
World Health Day - Vector-borne diseases
'If violence were a disease, we would declare an epidemic' - Anne Firth-Murray,
A TEDX talk from Maysoon Zayid, because we all have the ability to change the world for the better.
Our Light Art Exhibition on May 31st - Maria Fernanda De Marco
IWI’s gala event at the end of May – Our Light Art Exhibition: Strength and Nurture, A Celebration of Women. Will include original artworks by established and new artists from around the globe. All money raised will go towards funding our first project in Uganda – The Safe Birthing Project.
Today’s taste of what is to come is from renowned artist Maria Fernanda De Marco. Maria Fernanda De Marco has a Bachelor in Fine Arts, with specialization in engraving from the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredon, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently working in a series of pieces in her studio. A strong advocate of women self awareness, she has organized the Irene Foundations Art Auctions 2011, 2012 & 2013 as well as contributed with her pieces. Her works in engraving, drawing & painting have always had two main things in common, a critical view of personal reality & a zest for self awareness. For this matter she has been to Perú, Bolivia, China, Canada, Australia, Holland, England, as well as the cities of Sao Paulo to visit the Biennal, and Purmamarca, North of Argentina, to experience the Abra Pampa Virgin Marie Festival. She has been honored with some awards in several Art Salons, and a scholarship with the artist Luis Scafatti. Maria Fernanda is currently living in Patagonia, Argentina with her three daughters and partner.
For more information on attending IWI’s Art Exhibition on 31 May, go to IWI’s event page
Dara Keo was just 12 when her mother sold her virginity for $500 to a wealthy, powerful Cambodian man. The virgin trade in Cambodia thrives due to a cultural myth that sex with a virgin can help men stay young and prevent illness — and also because no one has ever been convicted of purchasing virgins in Cambodia’s courts.
Rattana Chey, 21, learned that her mother was planning to sell her virginity six years ago, and sought help from Riverkids, an organization that provides refuge, schooling and vocational training for children. The organization bribed Rattana’s family with rice in exchange for not selling her. She also learned sewing, making her the family breadwinner, and also allowing her to save her two younger sisters. “My mother wants to try to sell their virginity, but I will never let that happen,” Rattana says. “Thanks to my earning ability, I am the most powerful person in our family now. I am determined to break the pattern.”
Learn more via Marie Claire.