As part of the #8MarsMonaco operation, the Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights is honouring the protection of both women’s rights and the sea this year.
The protection of women’s rights and the protection of the sea may at first appear to be strange bedfellows, but scratching the surface, it is possible to see that the two are deeply intertwined. The United Nations has stated that 80% of people displaced by climate change are women and girls, so preserving the health of the oceans is connected to the protection of both.
To bring this vision to light, the creation of a collective work imagined by artist Anthony Alberti, alias Mr One Teas, will be displayed publicly on 8th March, International Women’s Day.
The piece was, in the end, made by a hundred personalities, including Prince Albert II and Princess Stephanie.
“This painting symbolises the stone to the building that everyone can bring to their level to change mentalities and society for a more egalitarian and more sustainable future,” said Céline Cottalorda, Interministerial Delegate for Women’s Rights, who adds that “all together, we can achieve great projects and unite to defend women and the oceans. This is the message we want to convey for this 8th March.”
The official unveiling will take place at 4:45pm at the Oceanographic Museum. It will be followed by a conference hosted by Nathalie Hilmi, a research fellow in environmental economics at the Scientific Centre of Monaco, and Virginie Tassin Campanella, Vice-President of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Economic Law of the Sea of Monaco. The topic will cover the common issues of the ocean and women.
#8MarsMonaco operation will also be visible in town, namely on several roundabouts, at the Fontvieille Shopping Centre, the Ministry of State, and on the gates of St Martin Gardens. The Mairie, the Department of Urban Planning, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the maintenance service for public buildings can be credited for this part of the event.
Photo by Manuel Vitali and Stephane Danna, Government Communication Department