Improving our world through art as compassion: women artists as witness

Improving our world through art as compassion: women artists as witness

Kate Langlois – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) San Francisco, California, U.S., AMERICAS: Where healing and creativity meets we connect to the world. This is how we give voice to compassion with creativity. Cultivating compassion often begins from nurturing love for our own self. Generally we find by reaching out to others in need, we feed our own […]

The Secret History of Mexican Cooking Was Written by Women

Jeff Gordinier  – New York Times – Friday, 26 September 2014 (originally published 22 Sept) As my taco pilgrimage through Mexico with the Danish chef René Redzepi of Noma was winding to a close in the languorous city of Mérida, I was starting to worry that we were going to miss out on one of […]

Bahraini woman brings henna art to P.E.I.

Bahraini woman brings henna art to P.E.I.

Julia Cook – CBC News – Tuesday, 22 July 2014 (originally published Jul 17) Asma was born in the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain. Her family is Muslim and henna plays a big role in their culture. The leaves produce a reddish-brown dye that’s used to color everything from silk to hair to skin. When […]

Sri Lankan women photojournalists take women 'out of the box'

Sri Lankan women photojournalists take women 'out of the box'

Manori Wijesekera for Global Press Institute Sri Lanka – WNN GlobalARTS (WNN/GPI) Colombo, SRI LANKA, SOUTHERN ASIA: “The way women are being visually portrayed in Sri Lanka is something that has to be questioned,” says Liz Fernando, a photographer and visual artist in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. Fernando sees two common trends in the visual […]

[Malaysia] 22 artists to present what a ‘good woman’ is at Interpr8 Art Space

[Malaysia] 22 artists to present what a ‘good woman’ is at Interpr8 Art Space

Malaysian Insider – Thursday, 08 May 2014 (originally published 07 May) Twenty-two artists present their artworks in response to the idea of what it means to be a “good” woman in society, addressing issues of identity and self, community and nationality. The exhibition, “The Good Malaysian Woman: Ethnicity, Religion, Politics”, organized by the All Women’s […]

"I’m going to paint my people," says Native artist Deborah Spears Moorehead

"I’m going to paint my people," says Native artist Deborah Spears Moorehead

Hannah Ellman for Cultural Survival – WNN GlobalARTS (WNN/CS) Cambridge, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Deborah Spears Moorehead, an artist from the Seaconke, Pokanoket, Wampanoag, Narragansett, Pequot, Mohawk, and Nipmuc Tribal Nations in New England, has been drawing since she can remember. “The Creator chose me to have the talent to be an artist. I started […]

Rebel filmmaker & music producer Deeyah shares life on International Women's Day

Rebel filmmaker & music producer Deeyah shares life on International Women's Day

Deeyah – WNN Featured Commentary (WNN) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: On International Women’s Day Emmy award winning filmmaker and music producer Deeyah Khan shares her struggles and triumphs as a Pakistani Afghan woman from Norway who is on a quest to help women worldwide express their artistic freedom. ___ My journey started in Norway. […]

Kurdish Artists Bring Violence Against [Iraq] Women Into The Open

Kurdish Artists Bring Violence Against [Iraq] Women Into The Open

Abdel Khaleq Sultan and Abdul Hameed Zibari – Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty – Monday, 10 December 2012 (originally published 04 Dec) Despite an ongoing economic boom that has lured back many exiled Kurds, evidence suggests that the status of women in Iraq’s northern Kurdish autonomous region has not witnessed similar improvements. Reports of rape, […]

Native Andean Women Weave a Future in Bolivia

Native Andean Women Weave a Future in Bolivia

Jenny Cartagena – IPS – Friday, 06 April 2012 (originally published 04 April) COCHABAMBA, Bolivia, Apr 4, 2012 (IPS) – Their skill and dexterity in weaving textiles, to be worn on festive occasions or displayed in windows for sale to tourists, have become the mainstay of indigenous women and their families in Cochabamba, Bolivia. “We […]