In Women Are Heroes, JR introduces women who sometimes look death in the face, who go from laughter to tears, who are generous, have nothing and yet share, who have had a painful past and long to build a happy future. The project had various installations in Brazil, India, Cambodia, and in Africa—in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Sudan.
The people in the neighborhoods such as Rio de Janeiro’s favelas and Kibera slums helped install and paste huge pictures giving local women a strong voice.
The project also resulted in a feature documentary film that was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film festival.
In the summer of 2014 JR revisited the project with a symbolic piece posted across 150 cargo ship containers.
In the debate, we discuss about the main challenges faced by women at the university. We organize the debate in four blocks. In the first block, we talk about the main challenges faced by professors, researchers and PhD students. In the second block, we talk about the main challenges faced by bachelor and master students. In the third block, we discuss the challenges faced by the administrative staff. In the fourth block, we talk about the challenges faced by the maintenance staff.
The questions in each block have been proposed by the persons that represent each block, i.e., the professors propose the questions relevant for them; the students the questions that relevant for them, and so on. During the debate, each block will be conducted by a couple of persons that represent each block.
The debate will take physically in each university, and it will be streamed to facilitate the participation. We will use the platform “Forward” to make the debate more effective.