West African Women’s Empowerment
March 1, 2014 - April 12, 2014
Public Reception - March 8th 11 am - 1:00 pm
Unbound Visual Arts, Inc (http://www.unboundvisualarts.org)
This story of women’s empowerment over four decades in West Africa is comprised of photos taken by Dr. Brenda Gael McSweeney during her seven years managing United Nations programs in Burkina Faso, and over the following three decades. The focus is on female education and community livelihoods, beginning with dramatic portrayals of the phenomenal workloads of women and girls. The story progresses to show the immense impact of the introduction of workload lightening technologies that freed up time and energy for income-generating activities and education. Women are depicted overcoming stereotypical roles, breaking barriers in the world of work, politics, and the arts. The story is based on action research spanning four decades by Brenda and by Scholastique Kompaoré, a pioneer of female education and empowerment in Burkina and across Africa. The mosaic that emerges depicts a positive, hopeful road ahead for women’s rights and people’s empowerment.
The exhibition will be launched at the Faneuil Branch Gallery of the Boston Public Library in Oak Square, Brighton (419 Faneuil St.) on Saturday 1 March, the first day of Women’s History Month, and will run until 12 April. A public reception celebrating International Women’s Day will be held on Saturday 8 March, from 11 AM to 1 PM. The exhibition runs from March 1, 2014 through April 12, 2014. The hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Tuesday from Noon - 8:00 pm, Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Faneuil Library Art Gallery, 419 Faneuil St., Brighton, M.| MBTA: Buses 57, 64, 501, 503 | Handicapped accessible and free wi-fi.
Brenda Gael McSweeney began her photography in West Africa in the 70s. She was excited to be selected as the official photographer for the United Nations Secretary General’s drought emergency mission to Burkina Faso. She managed development projects of the UN Development Programme, and oversaw and researched with Scholastique Kompaoré the Government/UNESCO/