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Women, Art, and Social Change: Insights from Boushra Almutawakel

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Yemeni photographer Boushra Almutawakel about the inspiration behind her work, and her perspectives on women, art, and social change. Her responses are below.

Can you share with us a little about your personal background, and what inspired you to pursue a career as an artist?
I was born in Sana’a, Yemen in 1969 and grew up, along with two of my three siblings, in my great grandmother’s house in the old city in the Sailah.
My father was a soldier and a revolutionary, and when the monarchy was …

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[29 Nov 2012 | One Comment | ]
Indian Women Embody Hope and Resilience

Tinni Dutta
Kolkata, India
“The highest conception of womanhood is alleviating the suffering of those around us by embracing them with our hope and resilience.”
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I am a psychologist by training, and I work as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Asutosh College. I began my career working at the Human Development & Research Institute (HDRI), a pioneer organization in the field of Drug Addiction and HIV/AIDS in Kolkata, India. Through my work, I have learned that empathy, acceptance, open-mindedness and nonjudgmental attitude are important qualities that are often embodied by women working …

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[28 Nov 2012 | 5 Comments | ]
From Utter Despair to Hope: My Work with Internally Displaced Women and Children

Tania Saleem
Pakistan
Sitting in a lawn of a guest house in Abbottabad I looked at the big United Nations (UN) Vehicles passing on the road in front of the guesthouse we were living in. “Where are these huge UN vehicles going?” I asked myself. They were on their way to Mansehra for relief and recovery work as Mansehra had become a city of Non-Governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN Agencies after the most devastating earthquake of the century. At that time I was working as an Assistant Professor at a University thousands …

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