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Portraits celebrate our bold women

Textile wall-hanging showcases shortlisted six ‘who stand on the shoulders of absolute giants’

18 March, 2017 — By Gabe Evans

The textile wall-hanging will be placed outside the main council chamber

A NEW artwork celebrating six champions of women’s rights was unveiled at Islington town hall on International Women’s Day.

Islington Council’s Women’s Staff Forum asked the community to nominate women who have made a bold contribution towards gender equality.

The six shortlisted were community arts organisation All Change’s artistic director Suzanne Lee, criminal justice campaigner Liz Hogarth, bilingual family support worker Jamad Abdi, Islington Play Association director Anita Grant, Pause Project practice manager Jennifer Savage and Polly Mann, a volunteer at St Luke’s who has run the history group for more than a decade.

Their stories have now been interwoven in a textile wall-hanging by artist Sarah Pimenta and photographer Em Fitzgerald featuring the women.

Speaking at the event, Councillor Kaya Comer-Schwartz, executive member for community development, said: “In Islington we stand on the shoulders of absolute giants.

“We stand on the shoulders of Mary Wollstonecraft. We’re the borough that imprisoned Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison.

“These women gave us the right to be democratically elected and now there are 19 women councillors in Islington.”

“We should be immensely proud of the bold women in Islington”

The artwork is to hang outside the main council chamber.

“We’ll take down one of the pictures of old men there,” said strategy, communications and engagement manager Louise Brown.

The forum hopes to start an Island of Inspiration, where women who do important work can come together every month to share ideas.

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