A balanced world is a better world – the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, which was put into practice at Holy Trinity College, Cookstown this year through a unique event, part funded by Mid Ulster District Council through its District Council Good Relations Programme.
The event was part of the #FUTyoURES Project, which is a participatory Peace programme aimed at developing a shared creative model for conflict transformation that meets the needs, interests and expectations of people from territories emerging from conflict in Colombia and Northern Ireland. At the heart of the project are the Arts, which are used as a affirming the synergy between people and the natural environment around them.
The event was organised by Beyond Skin in partnership with Escuelas de Paz, Agroarte, Cuerpos Gramaticales, International Catalan Institute for Peace & Fotosynthesis
Invited guests at the event in the College were Maria Fanio Torrecilla and Ingrid Guyon. Ingrid is a participatory photographer and film maker and visited Northern Ireland in September with her Imagine Peace exhibition, and Maria's organisation was responsible for Cuerpos Gramaticales also known as “The Sow of Life project”. This very powerful creative project saw Colombian women buried in soil from the waist down as a peace protest statement of their loss and journey.
At the event, there was a screening of Ingrid’s film and a presentation, followed by a Q&A session with Maria and Ingrid. Students at Holy Trinity College showcased images produced using their dark room and organic processes.
Councillor Trevor Wilson, attending the event on behalf of Mid Ulster District Council, said: “The council is delighted to support this event, which impacts positively on change and contributes to the achievement of Our Shared Community objectives. It has been extremely inspiring hearing Maria and Ingrid talking about the process, experience and impact of their work. It is hoped this will be the starting momentum to do two Sow of Life projects with women in our local district.”
The International Women’s Day programme has been funded by the Mid Ulster Council Good Relations Programme. For more information about FUTyoURES programme visit www.beyondskin.net/futyoures