Isna Ahsan, a student of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute from Batch 28 artwork has been selected for UNESCO’s Creative Resilience: Art by Women in Science. The exhibition was held in UNESCO headquarters in Paris on October 27, 2021.
The artwork had been displayed in the exhibition ‘Creative Resilience: Art by Women in Science’ at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The exhibition showcased the art pieces and profiles of 54 women in STEM from around the world who were selected from among over 200 candidates. All of them submitted their artworks based on their Covid-19 pandemic struggles, responded to an extensive questionnaire, and generously shared their stories and insights in July-August 2021.
UNESCO seeks to give a voice to STEM women and give visibility to their unique scientific perspectives, personal journey, creations, and resilience throughout the pandemic. The purpose of this exhibition is explained by Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, “Women of science remain largely invisible. This exhibition is the opportunity to show their unique experiences of how their lives and perspectives have been transformed by the pandemic. By making visible their visions, struggles and ambitions, these women scientists inspire us to make our societies more creative and gender-equal in the post Covid world.”
A Creative Resilience catalogue is also published featuring the selected Women in Science. It mentions Isna Ahsan in the words, ‘The scientists in this exhibition also see opportunities resulting from the pandemic to connect in ways they never thought possible. The works of electrical engineering student Isna Ahsan from Pakistan reflect our reliance on digital technologies during the pandemic and the possibilities this has given women scientists in terms of access and connectivity with the world, mobility and freedom of choice, like never before.’ and ‘She uses her artistic talents to communicate messages of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender equality and the societal pressures women face that may prevent them from discovering and reaching their full potential.’
A virtual walkthrough can be accessed here: https://creativeresilience360-unesco.org/qaWxfnT/gallery002