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An International Women's Day Message from Sister Fa and Art Works for Change; Mar. 8, 2012

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Published on Mar 12, 2012

Each year, on March 8, International Day of Women, thousands of events are held to celebrate women and to mark the economic, social and political achievements of women throughout the world. It is also a time to reflect on the necessary change to come.

Sista FaArt Works for Change (AWFC) is pleased to announce our new partner and Ambassador for Change, Sista Fa—hip hop artist, human rights defender, and winner of the 2011 Freedom to Create Prize for her important work to bring awareness through her music and activism of the harmful consequences of female genital cutting.

Together, Sista Fa and AWFC believe that by harnessing the power of art and music, we can create and accelerate positive social change and empathy for women's stories.

As we move forward in our collaborative efforts, we would like to share our achievements and bring attention to four highly acclaimed, socially innovative and on-going projects created by Art Works for Change that promote social justice, human rights, and equality for women and girls. Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art, a traveling contemporary art exhibition created to address the basic human rights of women and girls to safe and secure life, has traveled since 2009 to museums in Mexico, USA, Africa, Canada and Europe. It will continue to travel through 2014. More than a quarter-million viewers have seen the exhibition to date. Off the Beaten Path/AFRICA, an adaptation of the traveling Off the Beaten Path exhibition, opened in Senegal 2011 to address the cultural and logistical needs of the West African community and their unique artistic visions. It will continue to travel to museums in Ghana and Nigeria through 2014. AWARE/OWARE: A Game of Female Empowerment, a large-scale public art installation and interactive forum for the community to promote female empowerment, was created for the Freedom to Create Prize celebration in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2011. It has since traveled to COP17 conference in Durban, South Africa, and is currently at the Vukani Zulu Cultural Museum in South Africa. AWARE/OWARE, the electronic game version, is being designed to reach a diverse and expanded global audience. It will launch in 2013 to be played on electronic tablets and smart phones as well as through a Web-based version.

http://www.artworksforchange.org

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