NEON MOON'S WOMEN WEDNESDAY
We love how women are changing the world and making an impact to their home countries that we're talking all things awesome and new every Wednesday!
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Hangama Amiri is an up-and-coming Afghan-Canadian artist. She graduated from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was a Canadian Fulbright Fellow at Yale University. Currently, Amiri is an Artist-in-Residence at Lunenburg School of the Arts in Nova Scotia. Hangama has had exhibitions in London, Venice, New York, California, Morocco, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax. She paints with purpose highlighting issues such as cross-cultural dialogue, women’s rights, and feminism but stays close to her roots using Afghan elements such as Dari text and even Afghan soil. Talking about feminism, Hangama has said, “For me the main question is: ‘How can Afghan women look forward when their lives have been immobilized for years and they have been scarred with immense psychological trauma?’ Our feminism should include work on our rights, but also on our health, financial independence, on the impact of war in our lives, and many other factors that are harming us disproportionately. This is why I think it should be up to Afghan women to express what “feminism” as a term means to us, in our context.” Amiri’s art is very close to her heart and it’s easy to see why when it’s so deeply rooted in her beliefs. Her stunning work is bringing Afghan feminism a new frontier in the western world which educated and touches everyone who sees it.
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Eleven nuns take the stage wearing traditional black-and white habits but are anything but old school as they belt out songs to the ringing of electric guitar and a rock ‘n’ roll beat. Known as “Siervas,” the band was born in a Peruvian convent three years ago and now travels far and wide to perform. Of all the extraordinary things about Siervas the most remarkable may be they are not just a novelty. They have a genuine international following. Their songs of love and faith have earned over a million YouTube views and led to the release of two CDs. Last Year, Siervas travelled to Southern California and drew 4,000 people when they headlined a Spanish-language Catholic music festival. “Everyone was calling our office saying we want to see these nuns, when are they singing?” said Ryan Lilyengren, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which organized the event. “They’re sharing their message in a way people are willing to hear it.” The nuns, who come from eight countries and range in age from 20s to 40s, insist they aren’t rock stars. But they certainly act the part when on stage performing to the electric guitar, steady drumbeat and catchy lyrics, uniformly smiling as silver crosses dangle from their necks.
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Ana Carrasco became the first woman to win an individual world championship motorcycle race late last year in Portugal. The 20-year-old Spaniard, riding a Kawasaki Ninja 300, found a draft on the final stretch to overtake Yamaha riders Alfonoso Coppola (by 0.053sec) and Marc García (0.062) in round 10 of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship. Carrasco, who started riding motorcycles when she was three (yeah, THREE), debuted in international competition as a 16-year-old on the Moto3 circuit in 2013, when she became the first woman to score points in a world championship race since Katja Poensgen in 2001. She joined the European Moto2 series in 2016, before moving to World Supersport 300, a lower-tier series formed this season to provide opportunities for promising riders. “I am very happy about this result,” Carrasco told World SBK. “I want to share it with all my team. We have worked very hard and we have been making progress in each race."
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