FOR SAFE AND DE-GENDERED PUBLIC SPACES
Women experience various forms of violence and harassment in public spaces, to the extent that assaults are now part of urban life.
In Morocco, the HCP clarified that in 2019: one million Moroccan women suffered violence and 75% believe that insecurity, especially in urban areas, has increased in recent years.
According to a study conducted by the Prometheus Institute for Democracy and Human Rights in 2022, focusing on “ The perception of human security by young Moroccan men and women today young women are significantly more likely than men to feel unsafe in public places, and more than six out of ten survey participants (1,300 young people) say that public places (with the exception of public administrations) are clearly more discriminating for young females compared to their male peers.
According to UN Women, a safe city for women is one where women can enjoy public spaces and public life without fear of assault. A city that promotes the elimination of gender-based violence and offers equal opportunities to men and women in all spheres of social, economic, cultural and political life.
Urban planning plays a predominant role in the security of women and the development of their avoidance strategies in the urban environment. Today, construction and urban renewal projects, like the urban environment they modify, transmit male-dominated social norms.
Indeed, if modern cities are apparently places of freedom, mixity, diversity, they nevertheless remain the reflection of the dominant social norms and of the cultural, political, social, economic, urban planning and landscape dynamics that exclude, or even not protective of women.
Starting from our interest and confidence in artistic levers, we consider photography as a judicious gateway into the processes of awareness and change. Indeed, photography is considered as an image of cities with all its details and factor of crossing between the imaginary and the real.
This is why we propose in this project to question the notions of visibility, spatiality, accessibility, mobility, violence and fear of women in the public space in connection with the urban development measures put in place. By opening a public debate provoked by art around the question: What makes the city for a safe and degendered public space?
It is with great pleasure we inform you of the launch of the photo contest with slogan like النساء في المدينة relating to the theme “FOR SAFE PUBLIC SPACES AND DE-GENDERED”.
And according to the following terms:
- The selection conditions;
- Photos can be in color or black and white;
- Participate with a maximum of 3 photos;
- Respect the subject in this case “women in the city”;
- Photos must be in "jpeg" format in high definition/300 DPI. (photographs that do not comply with these terms will not be presented to the jury);
- We encourage staging.
- Selection process:
The photograph will be judged on four aspects:
- Appropriateness to the theme of the competition (5 points)
- Originality of vision: the ability to present a subject from a new angle or in an unprecedented way. (2 points)
- Photographic processing: Focus, framing, depth of field, contrast… (1.5 points)
- The visual impact of the image: the effect, the reach of the photographic image on the spectators. (1.5 marks)
The organizers will ensure the presentation and hanging of the best-marked photos that comply with the rules of this competition.
- Sending photographs:
Send to the address of the Institute: Prometheus.firstname.lastname@example.org
It is necessary to specify the object of the photo as well as the place of the catch.
The participants declare and guarantee to be the authors of the photos proposed and therefore to be the exclusive holders of the literary and artistic property rights, namely the right to the name, the right of reproduction and the right of representation to the public of said photos. As such, they agree that these photos may be exhibited and/or published on any communication medium.
They also declare and guarantee that they have obtained the prior written authorization of the persons identifiable in the photos presented or of the persons who own the goods represented. The responsibility of the organizer can in no case be engaged because of the use of said photos.
Prizes and Awards
The jury appointed by the organizers will select three (3) best shots which will be awarded with prizes, plus an exhibition of the best 15-20 photos during an award ceremony.
The contest is open until October 30, 2022 at midnight.