The dynamic pieces depict how the empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description and were created during the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s #BeBoldForChange Art Competition.
The Competition was part of UNIC Windhoek’s two-hour awareness programme which comprised of numerous activities including an open mic and student’s pledging to promote women’s empowerment.
The artwork competition aimed to inspire the youth to think about ways to accelerate the 2030 Agenda and to build momentum for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 5: ‘Gender Equality’. Students were tasked with creating an art piece that depicts the themes of the day, including #BeBoldForChange, #TheBeautyInHer and #Planet5050. Five pieces were created, each portraying a different message.
In line with the UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ call for the world to pledge to achieve Goal 5, the artists used their skills to address gender inequality. “On International Women’s Day, let us all pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment,” Guterres said.
The winning piece, created by Paskalius Haindere, Renate Shikongo, Sharon Van der Smit and Esther Shiyagaya, included a colourful depiction of a woman as a tree with long branches. The artists explained that the piece symbolized women being able to give life to the world, but when they are not nurtured, they can die, creating a dysfunctional world.
The artwork is currently on display at the UN House for UN Staff and visitors to look at and will be exhibited there until Friday, 17 March.