Québec was given a place of honour during the March 5 celebrations marking International Women’s Day at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. For the event, the President of Québec Native Women Inc., Viviane Michel, and the film director and founder of Wapikoni Mobile, Manon Barbeau, gave a presentation entitled “First Nations’ Women of Québec: Between Art and Activism.”
At the podium, Michèle Stanton-Jean, Québec Representative within the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO, behind (wearing a red jacket), UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and to her left, filmmaker and Wapikoni Mobile founder Manon Barbeau.
The session was opened by the director of UNESCO’s Division for Gender Equality, Saniye Gülser Corat, and moderated by the representative of the Government of Québec within the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO, Michèle Stanton-Jean.
Ms. Barbeau is among nine women artists selected worldwide to present their work in an exhibition that is in full swing at the organization’s headquarters in Paris and that will run through March 21.
As a result, three films by Ms. Barbeau, L'armée de l'ombre, Les enfants de Refus global and De mémoire de chats – les ruelles, can be viewed by visitors.
Ms. Barbeau is also exhibiting portraits of women from the Atikamekw Community of Wemotaci, in Québec. The photos are the work of Marc Dantan.
The exhibition officially opened on March 7, 2014 in the presence of UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, numerous dignitaries and the representative of the Government of Québec, Ms. Stanton-Jean.
Québec representation at UNESCO