The POWER project (Portraits Of Women's Empowered Representations) asks a simple question: What does it mean to be a woman in Cyprus in 2021 and how does this vary for our grandmothers, our mothers and our daughters? The project centers on the value of media literacy to address challenges of every woman’s empowerment. Understanding how to read, interpret, and critique dominant and marginalized media narratives can facilitate a new wave of voices that can offer new ways of imagining female personhood within the Cypriot society.
By exploring the political, religious, and social structure of the Cypriot society in the context of the economic crisis and COVID-19, we want to talk with women of all ages about their own experiences and the ways in which their lives have changed in the past decade. By bringing in examples of how women’s roles are represented in magazines, newspapers, and online spaces, these workshops aim to foster discussions and debates about the stories we tell about Cypriot women.
A series of intergenerational workshops will allow women across ages (18-24; 36-45; 65+) to connect with each other, to voice their opinions over different media representations and to reimagine what it means to be a woman in Cyprus today.
This project aims to promote media literacy and offer the opportunity to participants to:
1. Develop media and critical skills.
2. Empower women’s participation in the media sphere by critically engaging, questioning, and recognising (mis)representations.
3. Help women navigate an increasingly complex media landscape.
4. Provide a set of educational resources to serve as a starting point for engaged and critical discussions of women representations
Ultimately, our aim is to bring women of different ages and backgrounds together, to discuss and collaborate on issues that affect them all.
If you would like to be involved in these workshops, as an individual or as a group, please send us an email.
This project is made possible through funding from the U.S. Embassy Cyprus.