Saturday 19 October 2019

Loreto students create posters on theme of women's rights

A poster from the series.
A poster from the series.

Students from Loreto's peace and justice group were in Bray Library for International Women's Day, launching a poster art series on the themes of women's rights and 'on this day' historical events.

This was in conjunction with the group '80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World'.

The posters were designed to celebrate past achievements in the women's rights movement, and also to look at similar and ongoing daily struggles experienced in the lives of women and girls in today's world.

Some of the topics they explores were the gender pay gap, and education and 'the girl effect'. The students showed a sample of their work, including the most important issues for girls and women raised by the group in the poster work discussions and exercises.

The peace and justice group were marking the centenary year of suffrage activities and commemorations as reference points for young people, particularly girls, to learn about and be inspired to act on women's rights.

They were also reminded of the power of posters historically in generating conversations and interest in women's issues and as a mirror to highlight examples of gender discrimination and violence women face every day in public life, in the labour market and at home.

Participants were involved in a range of cluster group activities over a 17 month period.

They looked at violence encountered by women, the #MeToo movement, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and more.

They also reviewed artwork from previous women's rights poster campaigns over the last 100 years.

They met the chair of the Vótáil 100 committee to mark the centenary of women's suffrage in Ireland, Senator Ivana Bacik, and visited an exhibition on women's suffrage in the Seanad ante-room.

The young women participated in hands-on poster art making workshops. They forged links, and shared peer learning across a network of teachers and students in Bray.

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