Dr Brenda Murphy, from the Department of Gender Studies, launched the ‘Mainstreaming Gender’ exhibition on Friday 26 May.
The exhibition showcased work by Digital Arts student, Cheryl Bilocca. As part of her final degree exhibition she created a project titled, ‘Be Your Own Hero’, which explores female representation by the creation of a more realistic and diverse depiction of oneself through the use of character design.
The launch also included another project ‘Many Parts of Something Great’, an animation developed as part of a COST Action ‘Appearance Matters’ - which teaches positive body image and appreciation - for young children.
Mainstreaming Gender - look - listen - see - talk
The Department of Gender Studies is committed to working on strategies to close the gap between the levels in participation of women and men, and to improve the scientific quality, ensuring that research products have increased societal relevance.
The Department is well placed to support colleagues and students who wish to put on their gender lens.
The raison d'être of the Department is to introduce gender in every discipline. The Department is working actively across faculties - with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) projects to encourage a greater female uptake in traditionally male-predominated disciplines. The focus is on gender through collaboration—in dance, digital arts and anthropology—while running workshops for young girls using robotics and drama.
Within the Department, gender mainstreaming is dealt with through research, outreach and activism: working inter-departmentally with academics and stakeholders to research and publish, organise events, while providing and receiving input concerning gendered/gender issues.