Deeyah Khan participated in a round-table : "The Courage to Create: Gender Equality and the Arts"
Deeyah Khan, Film Director, human rights activist and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, took part in a round-table, organized by UNESCO in partnership with the French National Committed for UN Women, about "The Courage to Create: Gender Equality and the Arts", on 8 March on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. During this event, Deeyah Khan contributed to a debate entitled: Courage and creativity: "Which freedom of artistic expression for women? ".
This debate was attended by Ole Reitov, executive director and co-founder of Freemuse, International Organization promoting and defending artistic freedom and Suzanne Combo, author, songwriter and performer from the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and co-founder of the Guilde des artistes musiciens (GAM) and the International Artist Organization.
Speakers spoke about barriers facing women artists within arts community still dominated by men.
Deeyah Khan described the difficulties of being a woman in this profession in these terms: "It is not just a matter of representation but also of empowerment. Women face gatekeeping systems than can either open or close off opportunities for them to advance in their artistic careers. Women must exercise their freedoms and be able to make their own choices, and take part in the decisions that set the course of society, just as men do". Deeyah Kahn insisted on the courage it takes to create in general and even more for women: ”We must not wait for permission to do what we want to do”.
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