Expo 2020 Dubai: When Women Thrive, Humanity Thrives

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a view of the solutions room on the ground floor
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Inaugurating a round of collective applause among connoisseurs when rumors of a pavilion dedicated to celebrating women who create taste began to draw attention, excitement, energy and perhaps a sigh of relief without precedent were undeniably justified. For the first time in over a century,

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first global exhibition to house a stand-alone pavilion dedicated entirely to women – and we couldn’t be happier.

Perfect match

In collaboration with Cartier, a fully immersive exhibition titled “New Perspectives” takes place in the aptly named Pavilion of Women, inviting visitors to celebrate and defend the important role that women have played throughout history. By showcasing their contributions to society, as well as highlighting the challenges women around the world face (and continue to encounter in empowering) the pavilion – a space that will also host a variety of events throughout of the six-month exhibition – is both physically and symbolically constructed with women’s empowerment at its heart. This feeling is not more apparent than in the principle of the slogan of the Pavilion of the women; when women prosper, mankind prospers. Celebrating the achievements of women is by no means uncharted territory for French jewelry house Cartier, which is why a partnership with what is one of Expo 2020 Dubai’s most progressive pavilions was the perfect pairing. .

A view of the Salle des Défis on the ground floor

A view of the Salle des Défis on the ground floor
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Highlighting the challenges women around the world face (and continue to encounter in empowerment), the pavilion – a space that will also host a variety of events throughout the exhibition’s six months – is at the both physically and symbolically built with the empowerment of women at its heart. This feeling is not more apparent than in the principle of the slogan of the Pavilion of the women; when women prosper, mankind prospers. Celebrating the achievements of women is by no means uncharted territory for French jewelry house Cartier, which is why a partnership with what is one of Expo 2020 Dubai’s most progressive pavilions was the perfect pairing. .

“At Cartier, women have always played a central role, driving force and inexhaustible source of inspiration. The Pavillon de la Femme is an exciting new chapter in the House’s long-standing commitment to supporting women actors of change, ”reveals Cyrille Vigneron, Chairman and CEO of Cartier International.

With five unique rooms, each with its own narrative, visitors can expect to experience a multisensory journey through the pavilion, with a diverse community of creators and artists contributing both to its design and curation of the content. , starting with the impressive facade of the building. Truly impressive artistic structure, Dubai-born artist Kholoud Sharafi collaborated with interior designer Laura Gonzalez and lighting designer Pauline David to create the striking design for the upper part of the building. Street artist, eL Seed, renowned for his unique works of art that incorporate traditional Arabic calligraphy coined as ‘calligraffiti’, sported an exclusive piece on the underside, with a striking design that gracefully writes a poem paying tribute to an activist from the 1950s, famous for defending women’s rights.

Film by Nadine Labaki

From the entrance on the ground floor, the introductory room presents the key principle of the pavilion through the eyes of children, in a film directed by Lebanese actress and director Nadine Labaki, the first Arab director to be nominated. for an Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. The play beautifully shows how empowering young women and girls to achieve their dreams and create their own destinies can spur social progress and help create a more inclusive society – setting the tone for the ‘New Perspectives’ exhibit. Upon entering the Achievement Hall, a dimly lit, star-studded space highlights the faces and names of women who have made a positive impact on the world, including Emmeline Pankhurst, Founder of the UK Women’s Social and Political Union. United who led the militant suffragette movement for women’s suffrage in the early 20th century.

The heavenly design of this incomparable space coupled with the many female faces that are celebrated in such a special way, undeniably leaves visitors in awe. The challenges room frankly focuses on the damaging barriers women face in areas such as politics and peacebuilding, economic independence, security and well-being, and the impact that COVID- 19 inflicted on job security and access to valuable education. While the Solutions Room focuses on challenging stereotypical views regarding the roles of men and women in order to foster a more inclusive society for all. Finally, the upper floor houses an exhibition organized by the French actress, screenwriter, director and pianist Mélanie Laurent.

Melanie Laurent

View of the exhibition organized by Mélanie Laurent on the first floor

View of the exhibition organized by Mélanie Laurent on the first floor
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The first part highlights the universal link between women and their environment through sculpture and a series of exclusive photographs shot and selected by Mélanie. The second section invites guests to experience a virtual reality film, featuring stories of women, known and unknown, as they navigate their experiences. The third and final section brings to life an exclusive audiovisual work reflecting the voices of women around the world., The pavilion is more than an exhibition, it is an inclusive space for everyone to engage in constructive conversations. and solutions focused on women’s empowerment. .

Women’s World Majlis

Stimulating events and inspiring dialogues led by a diverse range of speakers will be held at the pavilion through March 31, 2022, including the ‘Women’s World Majlis’, which will address the role of women in creating a world. Safer and Healthier, and the “Women in Arabia and Islam” series, highlighting the lived stories of those who have led the way through history, inspiring other women around the world.

Thanks to the Women’s Pavilion honoring, recognizing and respecting women at a time when the theme of gender equality has found its voice, we couldn’t think of a better place to present a new era of equality than in Dubai. , a pioneering city that wholeheartedly paves the way for creating a better future for all.

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