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Friday, May 20, 2011

June Art Exhibition :: Natasha Lee

We are pleased to be hosting Natasha Lee for our June Exhibition.

Opening Night Event: Thursday June 2nd :: 6pm - 8pm

From the artist:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration Rights)

Although there has been an improvement in women’s rights in the Constitution and in the laws of Turkey, this progress is very poorly reflected in women’s lives at the local level. The situation of women in Turkey remains a source of concern in three inter-related areas: domestic violence against women, discrimination and low participation in the labor market, and access to education.

Legal-institution reform, by itself, does not change people’s life-styles. Change requires nothing less than a full-scale social change. A deep change of heart-felt mentality in Turkey regarding the country's general approach to women is what is needed. I believe that assimilating this into our own lives is equally as important. “While we are on this world, all these injustices we witness through other people and cultures are the things we need to heal within ourselves.” - Al Thumm

Let me finally quote Turkey’s first President, Atatürk: “Human society is composed of two genders which are men and women; is it possible for one half to catch the sky while the other remains anchored to the land?”

Empowering all women and further promoting gender equality worldwide is the answer.

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