March 8, 2024

International Women’s Day Celebrated with “Rangtoon Painting Festival” at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan

Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM) celebrated International Women’s Day with a vibrant and culturally rich event, the “Rangtoon Painting Festival,” highlighting the artistic expressions of women from diverse backgrounds. This special occasion was marked by a collaborative exhibition with the Afghan Commissioner, showcasing a tapestry of artistic talents at the university premises.

The festival, designed to honor and recognize the vital role of women in society, brought together artists, students, and the community to engage in a dialogue through the universal language of art. The “Rangtoon Painting Festival” served not just as a celebration of International Women’s Day but also as a bridge between cultures, promoting peace, understanding, and solidarity among the participants.

Officials from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Chief Commissioner’s Office, and representatives from AWKUM graced the event, emphasizing the importance of such collaborations in fostering a supportive environment for women, especially those affected by displacement and instability.

The exhibition featured an array of paintings and artworks, each telling a unique story of resilience, hope, and the unyielding spirit of women. It provided a platform for Afghan women artists to showcase their work, offering insights into their experiences and the rich cultural heritage of Afghanistan. This cross-cultural exchange not only celebrated the artistic achievements of women but also highlighted the challenges they face and the progress made towards gender equality.

Mr. Hassan Khan, Registrar of AWKUM, expressed his enthusiasm for the initiative, stating, “The Rangtoon Painting Festival is a testament to the power of art in bringing people together and fostering mutual understanding. It is an honor for us to celebrate International Women’s Day by hosting this meaningful event, which shines a light on the contributions of women to our society and the arts.”

The event concluded with discussions on the role of educational institutions in empowering women and the importance of creating opportunities for women in all spheres of life. The “Rangtoon Painting Festival” at AWKUM was not only a celebration of women’s achievements but also a call to action to continue advocating for gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide.


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