Using Digital Painting to Amplify Women's Voices

Adanna
Posted August 16, 2019 from Nigeria
Aba Women's Riot in 1929

This year will make it 5 years I joined World Pulse and I must say it has been a wonderful experience-from sharing my stories and projects to meeting some amazing and incredible women from all over the world who have not only become my friends but sisters that I can talk to anytime and share ideas with.

This year, I became a World Pulse Ambassador and I must confess, it has been an ‘eye opener’ on some things especially working with young people, mostly teenage boys. It has also made me appreciate (more) the importance of carrying boys and men along in the quest for creating equal opportunities for girls and women.

I am a STEM (science, technology, engineering and technology) advocate and I love mentoring young girls to pursue careers in STEM, however, I also love working with young boys. I love teaching them about technology and what they can do to make the society better such as respecting women, speaking out about injustice and avoiding drugs and crime.

I believe that as much as we advocate for equal opportunities for girls and women, we must also carry the boys and men along. Not just carry them along with words but also make them participate in certain activities that involve women so they can better understand why girls and women’s roles are very important in the society and the world at large.

I am currently organizing coding training sessions for young people and I have some teenage boys (12 to 16 years old) who are participating in the training. I introduced them to World Pulse and we carried out a project on amplifying women’s voices in the society using digital painting. The Project was focused on Aba women’s riot in 1929. A lot of people have heard about the riot but many still do not know how it started. So, I trained the boys on how to use Krita, a digital painting tool. The idea is to use digital painting tools to tell stories. After the training, we came up with a short comic story about Aba women’s riot in 1929. Aba women’s riot was sparked by a woman named Nwanyeruwa. The comic story we came up with will give you an idea of what Aba women’s riot was all about especially if you have never heard of it.

Whenever I have an opportunity to speak to young boys, I always make sure I try to encourage them to use technology to advocate for equal opportunities for girls and women. I believe it’s important to catch them young. While we were working on the project, I showed them World Pulse website and how women from all over the world are using it to speak up, connect and share their stories.

In this era of digital age, digital painting is a powerful way of telling a story; it helps us to interpret meaning, connect with people across generations, and express their thoughts clearly. I do hope that more people can tell their stories using digital painting and the voice of women have the potential to become louder.

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Kay Link
Aug 16
Aug 16

Wow, amazing! I love that you are making this real for those you are working with by incorporating art - which enriches their creativity as well! This visual expression must make it so much more real for these young people. I agree that we must bring men and boys along with us in this effort to advance peace and equality - and you are so right that we must start with the young. Thank you for being an amazing Ambassador!

Adanna
Aug 19
Aug 19

Dear Kay,

Thank you for your kind words! I appreciate :)

Love,
Adanna

Hello, Adanna,

Congratulations on your amazing STEM advocacy and activities! Happy 5th year on World Pulse, too! I agree that as we train young girls on gender equality and access to digital technology, bringing along the boys is as important so they are also aware on how to work alongside women in future. We're excited to be welcoming men's voices on World Pulse as well. Thank you for being a committed and hardworking Ambassador! We're so proud of you!

Adanna
Aug 19
Aug 19

Dear Karen,

Thank you so much sister!

You are definitely on point when you say "as we train young girls on gender equality and access to digital technology, bringing along the boys is as important so they are also aware on how to work alongside women in future."

Love,
Adanna

You're welcome, dear. Keep up the great work! Hope you're having a great day! Hugs!

Jill Langhus
Aug 17
Aug 17

Hello Dear Adanna,

How are you doing? Thanks so much for sharing your update, impact and work.... love it! I totally agree about having boys and men as advocates for women. You may want to consider submitting this under the "Our Impact" link so that more people can see your update and work: https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/our-impact?utm_source=hs_ema...

Hope you're having a great weekend, and please keep up the great work!

XX

Adanna
Aug 19
Aug 19

Thank you so much Jill!

xx

Jill Langhus
Aug 19
Aug 19

You're welcome, lovely:-) Hope you're doing well!?

NAVONINE AGNES
Aug 18
Aug 18

trop belle initiative
j'aimerais bénéficier de ton experience pour l'implimenter dans notre programme à AGUI FOUNDATION avec des jeunes et certains jeunes détenues de prisons avec qui nous travail pour une réinsertion socio-économique après leurs peines
merci de me contacter, la langue n'est pas un problème pour moi (am bilingual)
cordialement

Adanna
Aug 19
Aug 19

Chère Navonine,

Je vous remercie! J'aimerais travailler avec vous.

Vérifiez votre boîte de réception.

Amour,
Adanna

Beth Lacey
Aug 18
Aug 18

Adanna, I have never heard of digital painting- so interesting and clever. I think it's terrific that you bring along boys and men on your work. What you are teaching will have a lasting effect. Thanks for being a World Pulse Ambassador

Adanna
Aug 19
Aug 19

Dear Beth,

Thank you for your kind words.

Love,
Adanna

Sumera Reshi
Aug 26
Aug 26

Dear Adanna,

This is such a beautifully written piece. Yes, I agree with you that we should use a digital painting or any kind of art to amplify women's voices. This is a powerful medium. You are doing an amazing job, Keep going.

Regards,
Sumera

Adanna
Aug 26
Aug 26

Dear Sumera,

Thank you very much!

It is a powerful medium indeed.

Love,
Adanna