Inspired by Malala Yousafzai
Oil Paint on Canvas
16" x 16"
This beautiful portrait painting was requested by Plan Canada's 'Because I Am A Girl' campaign to be exhibited in their "The Malala Effect" exhibition.
'Because I Am A Girl' is a global project to end gender inequality, promote girl' rights, and lift millions of girls - and everyone around them - out of poverty. As the majority of my artwork focuses on female inner beauty and strength, I felt very connected to the project.
As part of the campaign Plan Canada will be launching a new book entitled "Everyday is Malala Day". The book is inspired by Malala Yousafzai who is a young Pakistani girl that was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for openly fighting for girls' rights to education. Thankfully she survived the terrible incident and has since been a symbol to girls all over the world who believe in the power of being educated.
To celebrate the book launch, as well as National Women's Day, Plan Canada has decided to hold an art exhibition, "The Malala Effect", that is inspired by the book and Malala's strength. I was one of 24 artists to be chosen to create a piece inspired by one of the pages of the book. Once the exhibition is complete the painting will be donated to a school in order to inspire students to engage in their education.
I chose to depict Malala's message with two young girls from different cultural backgrounds. Though they come from different countries they are connected by Malala's strength which is represented in their braided hair. Because of Malala, girls from around the world are inspired to have the strength to speak up for themselves and fight for equal rights and opportunities.
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