“I entered the competition because I am interested in art and design, but then I realized that the subject had touched my soul” ...
These were the comments made by Gjoke Gojani, the public vote winner at the UN Regional Information Centre’s (UNRIC) in Brussels exhibition of the 30 finalists of the "Say No to Violence Against Women" Ad Competition, realized in partnership with UN Women and with the support of Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The exhibition was open to the public from 19 October to 6 November at the Harlan Levey Projects Gallery in Brussels. The vernissage, on the 19 October, was attended by Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education and Culture and UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Goodwill Ambassador, Ms Goedele Liekens.
During the award ceremony Dagmar Schumacher, Director of the UN Women Brussels Office, stated that violence against women is a global pandemic of alarming proportions which has no national, social, economic, cultural or religious boundaries.
Afsané Bassir-Pour, UNRIC Director, praised the enthusiasm with which Europeans joined the competition saying “our aim was to raise awareness on this issue, help break the taboo, and to do this by reaching out to the European creative community. A picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. So thank you Europeans.”
More of this story can be found at http://www.create4theun.eu/say-no-to-violence-against-women-ad-competition-danish-designer-wins-first-prize/