Terre des Hommes has launched a series of cultural events in Italy to raise awareness of violence, gender discrimination and the exploitation of girls worldwide, as part of the Indifesa campaign and in the run up to International Women’s Day on 8 March.

Exhibitions, concerts, shows, performances and conferences will be held from 23 February to 12 March at the Fabbrica del Vapore, the Anteo Palazzo del Cinema and Citylife Anteo in Milan. The programme began on 23 February with the opening of the ‘Stand for Girls’ exhibition at the Fabbrica del Vapore, which promotes respect for diversity through featuring different themes and different languages in the exhibit.

The artists featured in Stand for Girls come from all over the world, and their work focuses on the fragility and empowerment of girls across the globe. The exhibition runs until 12 March.

Photography, documentaries and performances

From 2-10 March at the Messina Piano Terra space of the Fabbrica del Vapore, photographer Stefano Stranges’ exhibition the Le Bambine Salvate will look at the topic of infanticide in India. ‘Com’eri vestita? – Rispondono le sopravvissute alla violenza sessuale’, an initiative featuring responses to the question ‘How were you dressed?’ from women who have suffered through sexual assault, will also be held at the same venue.

Many other events are planned. The documentary INDIFESA – a travel diary through Peru to discover a Terre des Hommes project defending girls from exploitation as domestic slaves – will be featured as part of the ‘The Saved Girls’ exhibition. The Good News Female Gospel Choir will also perform on 2 March, the Adolescenza: sostantivo femminile conference will be held on 5 March and on 9 March the show ‘Le rinchiuse’ by the Teatro Utile will take place.

The full programme of events is available in Italian here.

Picture: © Guia Besana, Condition #1 (Under pressure), 2013