March 8, International Women's DayParis – On the occasion of International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8, UNESCO is organizing a series of events through the month: two art exhibitions, a discussion forum on breast cancer, and the screening of a documentary that presents portraits of women from all over the world.
Professor Dominique Maraninchi, cancer specialist, director of the Paoli-Calmettes cancer institute in Marseille and president of the French national federation of centers for the fight against cancer
March 6-24 (Pas Perdus Hall), the exhibition “On this side of the sky, UNESCO Salutes Women in Art” presents the works of 40 women artists from different parts of the world, to illustrate the diversity of experience and modes of expression of women in art: painting, sculpture, photography and multi-media art. Included are Louise Bourgeois (France), Cornelia Schleime (Germany), Shirin Neshat (Iran), Solmaz Musayeva (Azerbaijan), Yayoi Kusama (Japan), Pan Ying (China), Colette (USA) and Claudia Salamonesco (Argentina). The exhibition will be inaugurated on March 10 at 6.30 p.m.
March 7-14 (Room X ramp), “Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World” exhibits works by 51 contemporary artists from 21 Islamic countries, is to show the diversity and creativity of women artists in Islamic countries, and to counter prevalent stereotypes. The art works are selected from the permanent collection of Jordan’s National Gallery of Fine Arts.
The show is organized in collaboration with the permanent delegations to UNESCO of Jordan and Greece, with UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis, and the Royal Society of Fine Arts of Jordan and the pan-European network FAM (Women - Art - Mediterranean).
The exhibition will be opened on March 11 at 12. 30 p.m. by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. The inauguration will be preceded by a conference and debate with the artists, from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 (Room X).
March 10, 4 p.m. (Room I), “Overcoming Fear, Winning the Battle Against Breast Cancer: Discussion-Forum”. The forum will present the latest and most important research findings for the treatment of the disease, which affects one out of nine women. It is organized under the patronage of France’s First Lady, Bernadette Chirac, and Jean-François Mattei, French Minister for Health, Family and the Disabled. The debate will be moderated by Sabine de la Brosse, author of La Force de vaincre (The Strength to Overcome, published in French by Lattès). Speakers include:
Prof. Martine Piccart, president of Breast International Group, professor of oncology at the Free University of Brussels
Prof. David Khayat, head of the cancer department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris
Prof. Henri Pujol, president of the French league against cancer
Prof.Michel Marty, oncology professor, expert at the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products, and head of therapeutic research at the Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France)
Prof. Philippe Bouchard, head of the endocrinology department at the Saint Antoine Hospital in Paris
Prof. Ted Chaglassian, plastic surgeon in New York, specializing in breast reconstruction
Dr Marie-Hélène Dilhuydy, breast radiologist at the Institut Bergonié center for the fight against cancer in Bordeaux (France)
Dr. Denis Larsimont, anatomo-pathologist at the Institut Jules Bordet of Brussels, clinic director.
March 12, at 6.30 p.m. (Room XII), will be a screening of “Portraits of Women of the World”. Directed by Fabienne Prévot, the documentary consists of portraits, in 3-minute segments, of 12 women who launched a variety of initiatives, such as training in traditional know-how, visual arts education to foster learning and good citizenship, or the promotion of girls’ education in Africa. They come from Argentina, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, France, India, Lebanon, Maorocco, Poland, Spain, the United States, and Vietnam. Four of these portraits will be aired all day on March 8, International Women’s Day, as 6.5-minute segments on TV5, the French language TV channel. UNESCO, TV5 and the intergovernmental Agence de la Francophonie coproduced the film.
On this occasion, UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will name trans-Atlantic sailor and artist Titouan Lamazou UNESCO Artist for Peace. He is a winner of the Vendée Globe round-the-world solo sailing race and former world champion of long-distance sailing. Since 1993, he has devoted himself to painting and drawing and has published, among other works, Carnets de voyage (travel diaries in two volumes) and The Desert. In 2002 he began a series of drawings and paintings entitled “Women of the World” which will take him to some 40 countries over three years. It is his intention through this work to promote the empowerment of women and gender equality.
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