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Art and feminism in cities: A vital link for human rights

05.09.2018 / Created by IEMed
Art and feminism in cities: A vital link for human rights

On the 12th of November 2018, the Gender Equality Programme of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) is organizing a round table on the theme "Art and feminism in cities: a vital link for human rights". It will be an opportunity to highlight the link between artists and activism in order to conquer the public space, to denounce the gender inequalities existing in the cultural and creative sector, and to present initiatives that plead to place art in heart of the feminist struggle.

This round table is associated with the Xabaca project, led by Jiwar Creació i Societat (Barcelona), NOVACT (Barcelona) and the Al Fanar Foundation (Madrid). The event takes place in the framework of "La Biennal del Pensament" (Biennial for Thought), an initiative of the City of Barcelona (Spain), which intends to analyze the role of cities in facing the challenges of this century (the future of democracy, technological transformations, the validity of current urban models, etc.) through a wide programme of activities starting on the 15th of October.

The Xabaca project focuses on Arab women artists who -despite censorship and political and social reprisals in their home countries- make the voices and points of view of women heard through their creations. Each year, Xabaca invites many of these women artists to make a creative residency in Barcelona. This year’s selected artists are:

Sondos Shabayek, an Egyptian screenwriter, theater woman and performer who focuses on the discourse against censorship and the social impediments of individual development for Egyptian women. She is famous for her "Tahir monologues" and for the creation of the BUSSY project, a network that fights against gender discrimination in theatre.

Alaa Satir is a Sudanese illustrator who works on gender issues from an ironic and humorous perspective with a format close to the comic genre. 

During the roundtable, the two creators selected this year will explain their experience as women artists and feminists in their respective communities and cities. They will also talk about the oppression and lack of freedom of expression they often suffer, as well as the social impact of their creations in society.

The round table will also involve Mireia Estrada, Director of Jiwar Creació i Societat, and Émilie Vidal, Coordinator of the IEMed’s Gender Equality Programme and the Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation (FFEM)’s actions, who will present the photos and stories selected for the contest "Powerful women: Breaking stereotypes in the Euro-Mediterranean region". These are exhibited at the Francesca Bonnemaison Women’s Cultural Center in Barcelona from October 22nd to November 4th with the name "Women breaking barriers: Mediterranean cities in motion". The exhibition will then be hosted at the Ateneu L’Harmonia (in Barcelona) until the 15th of November.

A translation service English/Catalan will be available during the roundtable. 

The Biennial for Thought will also host other events organized by the IEMed, such as a debate with the Lebanese writer Joumana Haddad, activist and founder of the review Jasad, on the 18th of October, 2018, or a round table on the theme "Sexuality and social change in the southern Mediterranean", on the 4th of December, 2018. 


  • Event type : Conference / Debate / Forum
  • Location : Barcelona
  • Start date : 12/11/2018
  • End date : 12/11/2018
  • Start time : 19:00


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Faculté de droit et de science politique Aix Marseille Université
Liberated T
Association club de le jeune fille pour la formation à l'action de développement
Free Sight Association
Mor Masa Ritüeli
CEDAW Association for Democracy and Human Rights
Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW)
Anne Laure Humbert
Global Forum for Religions and Humanity (GFRH)
International Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies: Contemporary Medusa
Soroptimist Club Marrakech
Mediterranean Observatory of Communication (OMEC)
Sanaa El Aji
Strane Straniere
NAWF Women Entrepreneurs
Tunisian National League of Policewomen
Association de Développement Local Méditerranéen (ADELMA)
Nezha El Medhmed
Youth and Development Consultancy Institute (Etijah)
Jusoor Center for Studies and Development
National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW)
Leïla Tauil
The Lebanese Association of Women Researchers - Bahithat
Association Corrente Rosa
Moroccan Association of Social Workers
Try Center for Training and Education
Association Generation Challenge for Development and Culture
Master genre et droits des femmes des deux rives de la meditérranée
Association Beity
Women in Business of Algeria
The Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering (RDFL)
Wafaa Ziti
The School Girls of Azaghar Foundation
Green Globe
Amman Center for Human Rights Studies

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