Centenary celebration focuses on women’s role in society

IN CONJUNCTION with International Women’s Day’s centenary celebration, Kakiseni together with Tandemic launched www.manifesto.my, a campaign website that will drive the call for social media platform supports and create a network in celebrating women through performing arts.

Aptly named Women:100, it will feature 100 hours of performing arts in the run up to the International Women’s Day on March 8.

It aims to honour women’s achievements and contributions through programmes that encourage public awareness, participation and appreciation using ‘woman’ as subject matter’ via plays, workshops, readings, dance, music and showcases.

The launch was kickstarted with the Life Sdn Bhd: Abuse, a 90-minute show at The Actor’s Studio @ Lot 10.

Speaking at the launch, Kakiseni head Low Ngai Yuen said they had sent out invitations to theatre companies to come up with performance centred around women’s featuring myriad of issues.

She hoped performing art will be a vehicle to understand the issues

“We want to bring art successfully, show government and corporate bodies that art needs to sustain and show society the food for the soul.

“We want to highlight that preventing violence against women is everyone’s duty, so everyone has to do something,” she said, adding women should do more to empower themselves.

Tandemic director Kal Joffres said the website contained the MANifesto, a set of commitments made by men towards building a better future for women and the MAXim, a set of commitment made by women toward achieving their maximum potential.

He said there were a lot of campaigns out there but no real link to change.

“We want to inform, change people’s mindset and start by doing small things like getting people appreciate the role of women in society,” he said.

For more information log on to www.manifesto.my and www.kakiseni.com/women100/index.aspx

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