Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Burkina Photo Exhibit sponsored by BU-anchored UNITWIN

                                                                                                                                        The BU-based UNESCO / UNITWIN Network is proud to announce an upcoming photo exhibit, covering the evolution of the roles and rights of women in Burkina Faso from the 1970s to present. The exhibit will include a large collection of photos that tell the story of workload-lightening technologies that were introduced to Burkina in the 70s, and their impact on female education and empowerment over the following decades.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on March 8, International Women's Day, from 11 AM-1 PM at the Oak Square-Faneuil Branch Gallery of the Boston Public Library. The reception is open to the public, and will allow community members to learn more about the rich history of women in West Africa and to celebrate the progress that they have made over the past 40 years. It is sponsored by the Friends of Faneuil Branch- Boston Public Library, Unbound Visual Arts, Inc., and UNITWIN at Boston University.

The exhibit is based on the work undertaken by Dr. Brenda Gael McSweeney of Boston University's Women's and Gender Studies and UNESCO/UNITWIN Network during her time managing UN Development Programme projects in Burkina Faso. One of the key initiatives was to boost female education through the introduction of time and energy-liberating technologies. This project for Equal Access of Women and Girls to Education was managed by Scholastique Kompaoré, National Coordinator. She and Brenda also jointly led village research into the operations and outcomes of this project. The exhibition will run throughout Women's History Month, and until 12 April 2014.

More here at the Website, including a Guide to the Exhibition