Since 2012 in around 167 countries all over the world the 14th of February is not just ST. Valentine’s Day. It’s already 2 years that activists raise their voices against the violence against women on this day. Initially this movement started as V-Day, later being renamed as 1 Billion Rising. And why 1 Billion? According to the UN Statistics every 1 woman out of 3 has been abused in her life, which makes 1 Billion women around the globe.
1 Billion Rising consists of series of creative events. This year in different countries of the world on 14th of February the participants of this movement were dancing invoking to stop the violence against women and raise their voices. The soundtrack of the Flash mob was a very motivational song entitles “Break the chain” which was composed especially for 1 Billion Rising.
“Society Without Violence” NGO announces a photo/painting contest titled “Women for reconciliation and peace”. In the frames of the project Armenian and Turkish women will raise their voice and share their vision on reconciliation and lasting peace through art dialogue.
Female photographers, photo journalists, artists, activists or anybody interested to raise her voice for long lasting peace are encouraged to participate in this art contest through presenting their vision of women's role in conflict resolution and peace building.
The project will run in two countries: Armenia and Turkey. All submitted pieces of art will be exhibited in Yerevan and in Istanbul. The best 2 works per country will be selected based on the votes of exhibition visitors and professional jury of 3 people. The 4 winners (2 Armenians and 2 Turkish) will be invited to Tbilisi for the solemn Awards Ceremony where they will also participate in 2-day round table to share their thoughts on women's role in reconciliation process and long lasting peace building. The round table will give a safe and open space for a dialogue and mutual cooperation for young women from both countries.
Together with the winners, other interested stakeholders like women's rights activists, community leaders and female conflictologists, as well as media will take part in the round table.
Location: Yerevan, Armenia
Job Description: The volunteer will be involved in every-day activities of the organization (4 hours per week is a must), take part in SWV events and its organizing activities, participate in SWV trainings, discussions and movie screenings, be creative and initiative.