"We, children, want to decide our own future." Bishkek to host children's exhibition on gender-based violence

The event is organized by 15-17-year-old students of the Technical School of Innovation.

The TENDIK art exhibition, organized by the students of the AUCA Technical School of Innovation with the support of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Kyrgyzstan, opens next Monday, on December 21.

The exhibition opens at 14:30 at Ololo House-Erkindik (Erkindik, 64b). The organizers timed it to coincide with a 16-day campaign to combat gender-based violence against women and girls. The exhibition will last until December 25.

“Extremely often, our future has already been determined, everything has been decided for us, and we just have to accept it and live with it. Then, people demand that we actively participate in the country’s affairs, forgetting that we were not involved in the most important and decisive stages of our lives. How can we be responsible if everything has been decided for us? We, the children of Kyrgyzstan, want to decide our future ourselves. We, the children of Kyrgyzstan, choose a life without violence. The uniqueness of this exhibition is that it was made by children and about children. We are the models and photographers - children who are 15-17 years old and who not only care about the way our society evolves, but also want to help. We don't want to be aloof,” – the organizers commented.

The exhibition displays student projects that show how teenagers perceive violence: what it means for girls to marry early, what it means for boys to be heard and not yield to the general opinion on false masculinity.

"We will be glad to see all comers, this is our first exhibition, and we are very excited. Come support our initiative!" the students added.

The organizers noted that visitors will be offered a chance to help women and children affected by violence as part of the fundraising organized the exhibition.

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