Presentation of “Foundation Year 1. Africa Watch”


Presentation of “Foundation Year 1. Africa Watch”

  • Women For Africa organized this exhibition in the COAM in Madrid on the occasion of its first anniversary. 

  • At the same time as the exhibition, the "Women Make Movies" exhibition is being displayed in the Casa Encendida building.


Photos of the presentation and the tour of the exhibition  














Madrid, Wednesday 29th May, 2013. This morning saw the presentation of the exhibition "Year 1. Africa Watch", an exhibition organized by the Women For Africa Foundation on the occasion of its first anniversary. The display is open to the public free of charge at the headquarters of the Madrid Architects’ Association (Colegio de Arquitectos) at C/Hortaleza, 63 until 9th June. 

Her Majesty the Queen presided over the opening ceremony, which was also attended by the foundation’s president, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, as well as members of its board of trustees and its advisory board, along with several hundred guests. 

The exhibition inaugurated today shows the main projects that Women For Africa has launched since it began, and also gives visitors the chance to discover the true situation in Africa and especially that of its women. 

Noteworthy projects include Women at the Wheelwith the participation of 84 women who are to create a professional taxi service in Freetown, Sierra Leone; Ghana Gana/Ghana Wins!, which is going to train a hundred women as teachers, hospital managers, and social leaders in the country; Stop Fístula, for which a special unit has been set up for this affliction in a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia; and Girls from Rimkieta, which will give schooling to 400 girls who are orphaned or in a particularly dire situation in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. 

"Foundation Year 1. Africa Watch" shows the foundation’s four main areas: education, health, economic development and empowerment, plus a fifth area: knowledge. The latter involves the collaboration of universities such as Princeton and Columbia to open up lines of research and training for African women on the continent. 

 "Year 1. Africa Watch" also aims to contribute to a better understanding of the situation on the continent and particularly that of African women, for which reason it includes a display of art consisting of 18 sculptures  that express the representation of the female universe in this form of art. To the same end, it takes visitors on a journey through music composed or played by around fifty African women from about twenty countries. 

At the same time as the exhibition, on Tuesday morning the Women Make Movies film series will begin at the Casa Encendida building to publicize the work of female African filmmakers. This is a sample of seven feature films, each directed by a different African director. 

The series begins at 7 p.m. with the screening of the documentary "Même Pas Mal" by the director Nadia El Fani, who won an award from Women For Africa at FESPACO. El Fani will be in Madrid to take part in the talk to accompany the screening of her film at the La Casa Encendida building. 

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