Danish embassy in Islamabad exhibits female artists

Denmark’s embassy in the Pakistani capital Islamabad is showcasing works by female artists that aim to deliver a message of power and hope to women across the South Asian country.

The “Reclaiming our Space” exhibition opened on 12 February, the country’s National Women’s Day, and is in line with Denmark’s new policy of educating other nations on the importance of female empowerment.

The exhibition, which was attended by a number of Pakistani officials and key diplomats, offered visitors the chance to learn more about upcoming female artists as well as the views of people across the country on its culture.

Denmark’s ambassador, Jesper Sorensen, also used the launch as an opportunity to announce the start of a Danish-sponsored cultural initiative in Pakistan, which coincides with the centenary of women’s right to vote in the Scandinavian country.

Sorensen said that each programme they launch this year would feature something relating to gender equality, noting that they also had gender-specific initiatives outlined as part of stabilisation and development activities.

He explained that by ensuring gender is at the forefront of people’s minds when working on peace, humanitarian and security issues, they were promoting both female empowerment and participation. He added that they also believed such work could help develop stronger communities.