UNFPA is joining forces with artists from across Egypt to advocate for reproductive health and rights, through five installations in five different governorates, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).
Through UNFPA’s partnership with the Abdel Wahab Abdel Mohsen Foundation for Culture, Arts and Development, five acclaimed artists will create murals to generate a commitment to achieve three results that will transform the lives of women and girls in Egypt by 2030; ending unmet need for family planning, ending preventable maternal deaths and ending harmful practices against women and girls.
The artists have been oriented on UNFPA’s mandate, the ICPD as well as the three aforementioned transformative results.
Artist Adel Mostafa will kick off the art installations with a mural in Alexandria on July 9, followed by Mohamed Beheiry in Marsa Matrouh on July 12, Yara Hatem in Qaliubiya on July 26, Alaa Awad in Luxor on August 26 and Amer Gedawy in Sohag on September 6.
The artists are expected to take 3-4 days to complete each mural. They will also each paint one boat.
The initiative also includes training 20 young students from art universities in the governorates of Tanta and Mansoura on reproductive health and rights issues through workshops with the five artists, after which they will produce their own depiction of these issues. The artist with the best painting will be selected to travel to Kenya to attend the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25.
This comes as part of UNFPA’s Art for Development initiative, whereby UNFPA employs unconventional methods such as art to advocate for health and population issues. The initiative included a partnership with the Abdel Wahab Abdel Mohsen Foundation last year, whereby 42 artists, from 16 different countries participated in the 5th Burullus Symposium for Drawing on Walls and Boats.
This year, UNFPA is also partnering with the foundation for the 6th Symposium in Burullus, Kafr El-Sheikh, to raise public awareness on female empowerment and need to eliminate harmful practices.
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