|Dream wall: Cất Cánh arts event showcases the portraits and inspiring stories of people who have overcome barriers and prejudices to achieve their aspirations. — VNS Photo Lương Thu Hương|
HÀ NỘI — An arts event portraying 26 people with the initiative, confidence and desire to defy gender norms has kicked off on the pedestrian zone around Hoàn Kiếm Lake.
Titled Cất Cánh (Soaring), the event offers a new outlook on gender equality: its essence is allowing the utmost development of each person’s potential following their freedom of choice, overcoming gender differences as well as barriers from both society and their own psyches.
Cất Cánh is a collection of portraits and recollections by people who have overcome prejudice to chase their dreams.
There, visitors can read inspiring stories of dreamers like Nguyễn Ngọc Thịnh, the winner of So You Think You Can Dance 2013 or Mã Văn Hồng, the manager of Nông Ngư Hòa Đê Cooperative in the southern province of Sóc Trăng.
Images of women will be the heart of the event, which will emphasise their efforts and the necessity to support such efforts.
By putting the stories of two genders together, Cất Cánh also aims to say: there won’t be gender liberation until both sexes are freed from prejudices and barriers.
The event also includes an area for the public to review their own dreams, efforts and direction for development of themselves. The participants can express by means of language, image or others about how they have been inspired, about their inner thoughts and future intentions to live more positively, equally and affectionately.
Cất Cánh has been jointly organised by the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment (iSEE), Centre for Community Empowerment, Oxfarm International and WEQUAL, the organisation works on gender equality. It runs until Sunday. — VNS