An artwork by Iraqi visual artist Tara Abdallah hangs above a highway.
Along a five-kilometre (three-mile) stretch of road in Sulaimaniyah, an Iraqi Kurdish artist on Monday unveiled a stitched collage of clothes from women survivors of domestic violence.
"Three months ago, I started collecting the clothes of women subjected to violence by their husbands and families throughout the region," Tara Abdallah, who stitched the artwork that has been strung up across the city, told AFP.
The visual artist had asked women survivors to donate a scrap of clothing that symbolised their trauma and sewed them together to create a giant, colourful patchwork.
"I heard lots of stories about violence that women in our society endured in the course of my research... Every piece in this work has a story behind it," she said.
The UN regularly condemns "honour killings" of women in Iraqi Kurdistan, which promotes itself as progressive, over sexual conduct.
About 37.5 percent of Kurdish women aged between 15 and 49 are also forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) in the autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraqi, according to the United Nations.
The figure is less than one percent for women in the rest of Iraq.
Out of desperation, Iraqi Kurdish women often commit suicide to escape domestic violence or forced marriages.
Rights groups say domestic violence surged globally during the lockdown earlier this year to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Activists placed hundreds of painted-red women’s shoes on Mexico City’s sun-drenched main square Saturday to call attention to gender-based violence.
The sculptures carved by seven art trainees were lined up outside a makeshift workshop in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square.
Zimzy Gallery, Dubai, is currently hosting a one man show titled The Manifestations of Love. It is a mural project that features the various art forms of Canadian-Iraqi artist, Iyad Almosawi.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused disruptions to child protection services in more than 100 countries, leaving a large number of children at increased risk of violence, exploitation and abuse, said a global survey by UNICEF on Wednesday.
Participating galleries reported buoyant sales, with an overall sales rate of 77 per cent. Many works with listed prices from $15,000 – $65,000 sold in the first hours of the fair.
Alira will head the jury in the talent competition category at 5:30pm as part of the day-long Filipino fest on Oct.23, which also features a pop-up market, Philippine crafts workshop and exhibit, fashion show and clothes swap.
The first meeting of the network was held at the House of Wisdom in Sharjah last year and was attended by 16 representatives from most of the Unesco-designated World Book Capital cities.