An exhibition showcasing work from contemporary women artists opens in Barking this week. Barking and Dagenham is celebrating its role in the suffrage movement and marking the progress that's been made by women over the past 100 years.
Featuring works in a range of mediums, styles and genres, I Am A Woman And This Is My Legacy at Laura I. Art Gallery in IceHouse Court opens on 4 October for two weeks.
Laura Iosifescu, the gallery's curator, said: "This exhibition is raising awareness of women who are making a difference to society and celebrating their brilliance to ensure there are more role models for girls and women; 2018 marks 100 years since some women were granted the right to vote."
By giving women a platform to talk about issues and problems they face every day, the exhibition aims to address the "unrealistic expectation placed on an image of a woman" and give light to issues such as domestic violence, female genital mutilation, breastfeeding, catcalling, sex-selective abortions, trafficking, stalking and harassment, low rape conviction rate, poor parliamentary representation, gender pay gap and online trolling.
Iosifescu added: "Being a woman from another country, it's even harder to be taken seriously and have your values respected. I don't only fight for my equal rights as a citizen but I have to fight for my dignity as a women and recognition of my entrepreneurial contributions to the society."
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