The Embassy of the Latvia in Azerbaijan in cooperation with the United Nations in Azerbaijan and the
Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ankara is organizing the International Contemporary Art Project “O” on
Gender Equality as a continuation of the Project “Maiden Tower. To Be a Woman”.
March 8 is celebrated as the International Women's Day and, in this regard, a press conference will be
held on March 7, where the media will be informed about the events and participants of the project.
Also, this year, the Project will be dedicated to the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and
Security, underlining women’s role for sustainable future. It is going to bring together the international
participants to give a ground to share their experiences on gender equality as well as to reflect on the
pandemic and post conflict situations influencing on women lives through the contemporary art.
The Project program includes presentations, movie screening, exhibition and the conference. Each
element can be considered as a brick in a new strategy of promoting and strengthening social integration
through arts and culture.
In November, as a part of public diplomacy program, Honored Artist of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ms
Sabina Shihklinskaya will curate an Exhibition “O” in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA Baku),
based on the continued activities using the website: www.tobeawoman.az. The concept of the exhibition
is dedicated to Women – their lives, roles in society, entertainments and problems. In the Azerbaijani
language, the definition of HE and SHE do not have a difference and are represented as "O". Only in the
context one can see which gender is meant. And this is very symbolic, since the essence of the topic of
gender equality is based on gender unity and equality.
In autumn the Embassy is planning to organize an international conference “Women for sustainable
tomorrow” in the capacity of NATO Contact Point Embassy (CPE) in Azerbaijan.
The Embassy of Latvia is the leading partner of the project in cooperation with the State Committee for
Family, Woman and Child Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, UN Women, UNDP, MoMA Baku,
TheLandmark, Nizami Cinema and PlatformART.