‘I was born a girl,’ Art exhibition on women set to open in Lusaka


An art exhibition dubbed ‘I was Born a Girl’ focusing on marginalised groups of women who are typically excluded from societal and community dialogues is set for opening at the Alliance Française de Lusaka on March 18, 2024.

The ´I was born a girl´ peer-supporting art and poetry is about women’s and girl’s rights around the world by Finnish artist Minna Pietarinen.

According to a statement issued on Saturday, the Art exhibition would take place between March 19 and March 23 with the opening reception and panel discussion ‘silenced voices.

“I was born a girl´ is centered on the equality theme and uses poetry and art to highlight human and women´s rights around the world.

“Pietarinen’s works present inspiring, remarkable, and world-changing women from different cultures, who have fought for women´s rights globally. Each painting also represents different sustainable development goals,” the statement indicated.

By drawing inspiration from the ‘I was born a girl´ concept, the panel discussion aimed to give voice to marginalised groups of women who represented groups of women that were typically excluded from societal and community dialogues.

Among the paintings at display is a portrait of Musonda Mumba, a Zambian environmentalist who had had a career in water security and environmental issues.

She currently serves as the Secretary-General of the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands.

“The ‘I was born a girl´ exhibition first opened for Women´s Day 2023 in Mexico City, where it reached 26 000 visitors in the course of a few months. The exhibition made its European debut at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki in September 2023.

“Around the Women´s Day 2024, the art exhibition is circulating in South Africa, Mozambique, and Zambia, hosted by the Finnish Embassies. The exhibition is also planned to travel to the Americas, Europe and Asia,” the statement indicated.

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