WICZ aims and objectives:
- Shedding light on women’s stories, their experiences, their struggles and achievements. Promote and support their contribution to society and at the same time boost the number of inspirational role models for other women and girls.
- Empowering women, creating new possibilities for social change with the contribution of women and stimulating their awareness, involvement and capabilities further.
- Increasing the visibility of women in the media, voicing their opinions on key issues in the national dialogue and fighting bias in media coverage.
- Strengthening the bond between members of all communities, with focus on women therefore promoting peace, cooperation, gender respect and understanding among Cypriots in order to advance the peace process.
WICZ | Women in Conflict Zones defines ‘conflict’ as any situation where women’s and girls’ human rights are being challenged or violated. These situations are unfortunately not only restricted to circumstances of war or conflict, but they extend into the wider domestic, cultural, professional, judicial and academic environments.
The first action of WICZ initiative was a series of interviews with Cypriot women representing diverse backgrounds, fields of expertise, ethnicities and ages. In this first action emphasis was given on women which stories were related to the Cyprus problem and the reality of living in a conflict zone. The interviews of the 19 women were published and were accompanied by photographic portraits captured by Cypriot photographer Petros Karadjias.
This first action concluded in a series of photographic exhibitions islandwide. The opening of the exhibition was held on October 19, 2017 at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia and was inaugurated by Ms Elizabeth Spehar, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus and Head of UNFICYP. The opening also attended the US Ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Doherty, Sweden’s Ambassador to Cyprus Anna Olsson Vrang, the Ambassador of Portugal in Cyprus Joao Perestrello and many more distinguished friends.
Our first action has revealed a great interest in the project and the personalities approached were highly interested and expressed their support for it’s continuation.
Our ongoing action is an open call to MEN. We invite men to reflect on women’s achievements and civil contribution and send us a 30sec-1min video nominating a woman. Please send your videos at [email protected]. You can watch the videos on WICZ’s youtube and instagram accounts.