A social commentary
on gender inequality is
explored through the
themes of culture,
religion and customs.
Countries specifically China and India have a high percentage of male to female birth ratio as a result of sex discrimination. Girls are considered a burden, putting a toll on family expenses. In India, dowries are still given to the husband’s family by the bride’s family (despite the laws against). A boy will grow up to continue to bear the family name. Education will be first given to the boys in the family, and even food is served first for males, as women prepare the meals and wait till they finish. Infanticide and abortions for girls are also common in China as to keep with the one child policy and avoid paying a fine for having more than one child.
Girls need to be given the same resources and entitlement as boys in order to reach their full potential. Continued discrimination towards girls is not only detrimental to women but society as a whole; society can not progress without the support and access to resources for girls and women. Equal education and resources will help to reduce poverty that women and their children face, as a result of being stripped away from basic necessities.
In this illustration, the broken pink balloons floating away represent the lost lives of girls who have been subjected to infanticide or abortions because of sex discrimination at birth. One hand holds tightly on the string of a blue balloon which represents the "desired sex".
No Where to Go
Women are banned from driving in Saudi Arabia. Although there are no laws that say a woman can not drive, authorities often arrest women who are behind the wheel. Ironically, women are allowed to own cars but are not able to drive them. They are refrained from driving as it is believed that a women will have too much freedom being able to travel further, increasing the risk for encountering dangerous situations with men.
Women in Saudi Arabia have the right to be able to drive, or travel to wherever she desires without being accompanied by a man. She has a right to her independence and it is not up to a man to validate this and monitor her actions.
This illustration shows how powerless the women are, sitting on top of the cars with no where to go as they are unable to sit inside of the car. This also comments on the idea of man sitting and commanding a horse, but here a woman sits on the car instead, reversing the roles of men and woman in Saudi Arabia, bringing light to this issue with a different perspective.
In several religions, most notably Islam and Orthodox Judaism, Menstruating women are considered impure, whether it be physically or spiritually. She can not entire any temple, shrine or mosque. In Islam, during Ramadan she may not pray or fast, nor touch the Quran or even recite it’s contents. She is refrained from having any sexual intercourse during their menstruation. She must also complete a ritual washing before she becomes “clean” again.
Menstruation is a natural, physiological part of being a women. It is a blessing for one to menstruate as it signals one’s ability to conceive and create a new life. It should be celebrated and not to be shunned upon.
This illustration shows the organic nature of menstruation and how it radiates and blooms. The woman is at peace, as it's a gift that menstruation signals the ability to give life.