Arts exhibition promotes gender equality

Friday, 2017-03-03 11:17:58
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The event attracts a large number of young people.
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NDO—Twenty-six portraits of 26 Vietnamese men and women who have proactively and confidently gained great successes in their lives are being showcased at a photography exhibition in Hanoi from March 3-5.

The exhibition, entitled “Taking Off,” features the memories as well as the present and future of those who have overcome all difficulties, hesitations and outdated concepts to make their dreams come true and attain success.

Introducing both men and women living in different regions and doing different jobs, the exhibition conveys a message on the equality, harmony, love and support for aspirations to rise above the difficulties of human life.

The event showed a new perspective that the nature of gender equality is allowing humans develop their potential, overcoming differences in gender and social barriers from society and even their own consciousness.

Luong Thi Oanh, a member of the Hoa De agricultural and fishery cooperative in Hoa Tu 1 Commune, My Xuyen District, Soc Trang Province, shared that, “Now I know I have the right to voice my ideas and have equality with my husband. Women also need to learn to change themselves, not accept their fate forever.”

Many characters in the photos have their private dreams; however, others did not talk about their dreams; instead, they know what they want and can do. Both of them have strong aspirations for living and working to their full potential.

The founder and CEO of the Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP) Pham Kieu Oanh, who is also a character protrayed in the exhibition, said, “I long wanted to follow my true calling, not fame, and I long wanted to create some values instead of just following the things others tell me to do.”

With a human message, the exhibition “Taking Off” is expected to raise public awareness of the importance of promoting gender equality in communities, as well as to inspire the strong passion and desire of women for free lives.

The CSIP’s CEO expressed her hope that young people, particularly girls and women, could freely pursue their passion to show their own values, as well as to make their lives more meaningful.

The event is held by the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment (iSEE), the Centre for Community Empowerment (CECEM), Oxfam Organisation and Open Working Group for Gender Justice and Freedom of Choice (WEQUAL).

Several characters in the photos talk about their stories.