VIRTUAL EXHIBIT LAUNCH | Facing the austere world (29 September)

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Facing the austere world: A virtual exhibit

29 September 2022

5 PM Manila / 11 AM Brussels

Austerity measures are policies that cut government spending for social services or impose new taxes on the people in line with conditionalities attached with foreign loans from international finance institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. Austerity hurts the people, and women the most. Women face fatal state budget cuts in social services that mean more expensive healthcare, housing, transportation, and the absence of social protection. Those in public service sectors face lay-offs. Women’s underpaid and unpaid care work are forced to compensate for gaps.

Facing the austere world: Realities, recovery, resistance will be an online virtual exhibit featuring works by artists from the global South that portray both the shackles created by economic structures and the efforts to break them. It will be launched on 29th September in line with the virtual End Austerity Activism Festival and will run until 7 November.

We continue to encourage artists to contribute their works for an opportunity to reach an international audience of social movements, civil society organisations, and people’s organisations. You may read the call for contributions here. Interested artists may submit their contributions, brief descriptions of their pieces, and bio-notes, to within October 7.

The virtual exhibit is co-organised with Gantala Press, an independent, non-profit Filipina feminist press based in Manila, Philippines.

View the full End Austerity Activism Festival (28-30 September) programme here. #