Shivers and lump in the throat. Tendik exhibition opens in Bishkek

The exhibition is organized by the AUCA Technical School of Innovation students and offers a teen perspective on gender-based violence.

On Monday, December 21, the Tendik art exhibition organized by the students of the AUCA Technical School of Innovation, members of the Student Volunteer Club, was opened in Bishkek. The event was supported by partners Ololo House and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in the Kyrgyz Republic. The exhibition features photos, drawings and an installation reflecting teen perceptions of gender-based violence.

Farida Dauzova, Head of Design and High Technologies and Software Engineering at TSI, shared her impressions: “The students have created very strong projects. Most of all – I even got shivers and lumps in my throat - I was struck by the drawings. I literally "froze ", looking at the art, living it, realizing that all these images came from a child's mind. The exhibition is truly touching and makes you think about what goes on in many families.”

The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 16-day campaign to combat gender-based violence against women and girls.

 “Our college has been quite active throughout the whole campaign, but this exhibition is a very special event for us, because from the very beginning it was initiated, organized, and now implemented exclusively by 15-17-year old TSI students. I think this is an extraordinary achievement. The fellows did great, and we are insanely proud of them. It's good that they build their lives on such concepts as social and gender equality, tolerance and benevolence. It's great that at such a young age, the students endorse with such clarity their civic stance in relation to the problems that exist in our society,” commented Aigul Abduvalieva, head of the TSI Center for Career Development and Civic Responsibility.

The importance of the fact that the younger generation in Kyrgyzstan is aware of the gender-based violence problem was also noted by Jypara Rakisheva, representative of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in the Kyrgyz Republic:

 “It is comforting to know that young people deeply care for this, because today, unfortunately, the scale of domestic violence, ala kachuu, rape and other types of gender-based violence is growing in the Kyrgyz Republic. The key way to deal with violence is to change your attitude towards it. Today the children proved that the attitude of Kyrgyz society is gradually changing. I am amazed at the profound vision of the problem that the students have demonstrated,” she said.

Another participant in the opening, Azim Azimov, a blogger and producer of the Ala Kachuu short film, shared his impressions:

“I am the father of a girl and I can say that when your daughter is born in our country, there is additional fear in your heart. I want us to teach our daughters that their body, their personal space, and their dignity are inviolable. But more importantly, I think we should teach our sons not to offend others, not to rape, not to invade other people's space, not to touch people without their consent, and in general not to treat people with no respect. And once we begin to instill the right values in our children and in ourselves, only then can we change for the better.”

The Tendik exhibition takes place in Ololo House Erkindik at: 64B, Erkindik boulevard

It will continue until December 25th.


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