Art is power: Nepali girls’ stories in online exhibition

25 November 2020

Girls in Nepal have created artwork and shared it in a virtual exhibition to highlight their experiences, stories and demands during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A virtual art exhibition has launched to showcase the work of girls in Nepal. Through their art they are shining a light on their own experiences, stories and demands during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the global Girls Get Equal campaign.

Plan International Nepal first initiated the Art is Power project in 2019 to mark the International Day of Girl. This year, the project was adapted so girls could engage and use various forms of art online to represent their views despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual workshops

Starting in September 2020, girls were able to take part in virtual workshops on a range of arts including comics, poetry, theatre, and song writing. Around 250 children from 7 working districts of Nepal took part in the sessions. 

Another 5 artists created art prompts including how to make calligraphy, collages and drawings for children in remote parts of Nepal who do not have access to the internet. 

Girls share their experiences

The girls who were part of the initiative submitted their creations which have curated in an online exhibition by kaalo101.org.  

The art exhibition is part of Girls Get Equal, a global game-changing campaign to transform the very core of what it means to achieve equality for girls and young women. It’s our global call for action and how we believe gender equality can be achieved. For too long, girls have been undervalued, undermined and underestimated. This must change. Through Girls Get Equal, girls and young women everywhere will be valued and supported as leaders, change makers and active contributors to society.

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