February 14th: One Billion Rising
March 8th: Solidarity Photographic Exhibition
In the fourth edition of the International Photography Contest Women with Focus, the topic was Women and Education: Challenges and Achievements. We wanted pictures that reflected the situation of the woman in the educational system in the world, both its lacks and deficiencies as its successes and achievements. We were looking for photographs that showed the transforming power of education of girls and women, the benefits of the education for women, the gender disparities in education, the implementation of equal educational policies or any other image that made clear the challenges and achievements that lie ahead to achieve gender equality in the effective and real education. 103 pictures were presented to the contest, made by Spanish photographers, but also by Mexican, Uruguayan, Venezuelan, Colombian, Bolivian, Argentinian, Peruvian, Portuguese and Italian photographers. The jury, formed by Ángel López Soto, Carmen Pérez de Armiñán, Núria López, Anna Sever and Patricia Simón, selected the finalist and winning photos of the contest. Here you can see the finalist and winning photos of the contest. These photographs were exhibited on March 8th in the Fernando de Castro Foundation – AEM in Madrid. That same day the prizes to the winners of the contest were given.
- First Award: Orianna Muccio, for Sola en la Escuela
- Second Awarf: Ana María Castañeda, for Cochacunca
The photographs are for sale in a limited edition of 5 copies. The price of each picture is 40€ and all the funds raised are allocated to the social projects supported by FOW in Madagascar, Peru, Vietnam, Ethiopia and Morocco. If you are interested in purchasing one of these photographs, please contact FOW.
December 10th: Supportive Concert. Alice Fauveau sang for the women of the world.
One more year, Focus on Women celebrated its annual supportive concert. This time we enjoyed a very special evening with a concert by Alice Fauveau, founder of FOW and soprano, who delighted us with a repertoire of French songs by Debussy, Fauré y Saint Saens, accompanied by pianist Emilio González Sanz. The funds from the concert were 1.080€, which were allocated to the social projects supported by FOW in Morocco, Peru, Madagascar, Vietnam and Ethiopia.
Market and photographic exhibition
Besides the concert, the Fernando Castro Foundation hosted once again the finalist photographs of the International Photography Contest Women with Focus, which were also for sale with solidarity aims. At the same time, a total of 455€ were raised by selling handcrafted products produced by the girls of Home Mantay and other charity gifts in the charitable market. Focus on Women had the privilege, once again, to have the collaboration of the Fernando de Castro Foundation – A.E.M. to celebrate this charity event. The Fernando de Castro Foundation and Focus On Women share strong values and objectives linked to the empowerment of women in the world, especially through education. In the 1860s it was pioneering in Madrid in female education, both for training in different professions offered to women, as for the values defended by the faculty and instilled in the students. Historical figures such as Concepción Arenal, Clementina Albéniz and María Amalia Goyri are linked to it. In its historic headquarters in 15 San Mateo Street, we enjoyed this unique charity evening.
December 14th: Supportive Christmas Dinner
Team Focus On Women decided to celebrate a homemade Christmas dinner and donate the reserved budget for the dinner to a social project focused on women. The project selected by the team was APRAMP, an association that has been working for 25 years on prevention, rehabilitation and care of prostituted women and that has a long career of social support to one of the most vulnerable, disadvantaged and socially excluded groups: prostituted people who wish to break with this scandalous situation of slavery in the 21st century in Spain. You can read a report of the supportive dinner Focus On Women in the blog.