PM commissions work of art to celebrate Women’s History Month

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On Tuesday, March 30th, Prime Minister Gaston Browne received a commissioned art piece from Mr. Carl A Christopher, artist, creative mind, and proprietor of AGWASSA clothing and art studios.

 

The piece which was specifically commissioned by PM Browne was presented in marking the celebration of Women’s History Month.

 

According to the artist, the piece, entitled ‘Mudda’ which is what we colloquially called our Grandmothers, is based on a Ugandan concept, depicting multitasking and hard-working women. “It is representing the women you may find in our government and in the world of work who are key in keeping the fabric of society together. These women may not get a lot of the credit, may not get their names called, yet they balance work and keeping the family together. This piece helps to celebrate them.”

 

In accepting the commissioned artwork, PM Browne said, “This is a beautiful piece that depicts one of our forebears’ multitasking, working the field, while at the same time caring for her young. As we end the celebration of Women’s International Month, I want to use this opportunity to recommit myself personally to the empowerment of all women here in Antigua and Barbuda, within the region, and globally. Women are the backbone of our society, and we must love, cherish, protect and empower them.”

 

PM Browne continued by expressing his sincere thanks to the entrepreneur.

“Carl, I thank you very much, this is great work, a great story and I hope you will do several more of these pieces as we document our history, not only in word but its art. I hope that other artist will follow your lead and prepare similar pieces which will help to document our history in art and certainly the contribution of our women to the development of our society.”

 

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society and has been observed annually in March since 1987. Women’s History Month takes place March 1st -Wednesday, March 31st.

Carl Christopher

 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. OMG how much more tone-deaf can the PM be???
    He commissions a MAN to create an art piece to celebrate WOMENS HISTORY MONTH??????

    Unbelievable.

    Just a couple days after his statement about how grateful we should all be for the amazing MEN in cabinet /government ( oh yes, & women as an afterthought, one of which is his darn wife! The other is the ‘saviour Minister who is moved to uplift ministries because she gats it done & is not all hot air)

    Women of A&B, open your eyes & ears… Be strategic with your vote moving forwards please.

    Not sure if last census revealed the country has more women than men of voting age, would be interested to know.

  2. Dear PM Browne, you said you wanted to use this opportunity to recommit yourself to the empowerment of women in Antigua & Barbuda, yet you commissioned this painting from a man! You couldn’t find a single female artist in all of Antigua & Barbuda to commission a painting from? What a blatant slap in the face to ALL women. A missed opportunity born out of insensitivity and ignorance. Do you understand the concept of empowerment? Don’t throw it around like a catch phrase. If you mean it, do it! Hire women, employ them, empower them to lead successful lives, pursue their dreams, be independent and achieve equality.

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