Women’s scientific art work on the COVID-19 pandemic


A virtual exhibition on “Transformation” taking place on the occasion of the 41st General Conference of UNESCO in November this year

UNESCO has invited women of all ages who contribute to science from around the world to present their artistic works on responding to and tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in an international exhibition.

The virtual exhibition on the theme “Transformation” will take place on the occasion of UNESCO’s 41st General Conference in November 2021, in which representatives from 193 countries will participate.

According to UNESCO, women scientists, including scientists, researchers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, engineers, architects or in any other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field can apply for the ‘exposure.

Works of art can capture both pain and hope and offer a new reading of societies slowly emerging from the pandemic, as art has the power to provoke, motivate, inspire, enlighten and to bring about change and when art meets science it enters new realms of achievement and purpose.

The exhibition is open to all kinds of works of art related to the pandemic, whether digital or physical, such as paintings or other artistic images, photographs, sculptures, posters or any other works of art. diverse, innovative and original art. If the art is in a non-digital format, photographs of the artwork may be submitted as part of the application.

UNESCO data revealed that only one in three scientific researchers is female, even though they represent between 45 and 55% of university students and 44% of those enrolled in doctoral programs.

In addition, 26% of women scientists have informed and educated the general public about the COVID-19 pandemic, but only 8% of women scientists have participated in the coordination of policy responses at the institutional level.

During the current global crisis, women and men have faced challenges, but women must also tackle systemic gender inequalities. They remain largely invisible and bear disproportionately the consequences of the crisis, even though they have been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic.

This situation creates a need for them to be heard and to communicate their unique experiences of how their lives and perspectives have been transformed by the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way people interact and live in our societies, and at the same time inspired many women to seek out creative expressions to share their experiences. The selected artists and their works will be presented online only but a limited physical exhibition may be organized depending on the circumstances. Selected artists may be invited to participate in a virtual question-and-answer session during the 41st session of UNESCO’s General Conference in November 2021. Depending on the requirements, each work must be submitted as a low-resolution image to the JPG format, which should not be more than 10MB in size. If selected, works of art with a higher resolution will be requested for submission.

After receiving all the applications, the applications will be examined by a panel of international experts led by UNESCO, which will select the best applications. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit high-resolution images of their work and will undergo a series of interviews during which they will have the opportunity to better present their work, inspiration and creation.

Selected artists will be asked to sign a copyright clearance form. The works of 20 finalists will be selected to be part of the “Creative Resilience Art by Women in Science” art exhibition. The selected artists will be contacted at the end of August 2021 and the final results will be communicated by mid-September.

Source Urdu Point

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