Wasfa Kamal

Wasfa Kamal is a 23 year old BBC-featured digital artist located in Pakistan. She bases her illustrations on various subjects but most of her work revolves around stereotypes that have existed in the world for too long. Wasfa’s work features themes of gender equality and other universal social issues. Many of these pieces focus on women in Pakistan as she draws inspiration from the various social and cultural experiences she has observed while growing up. By highlighting important issues through artistic expression, Wasfa feels like she is, “in a small way, doing her part.” Her entire life has been centered around her role as an artist as she has realized that “design is art with a purpose and that illustration is a powerful tool for communication.” Such passion is reflected in her motive to create social change through illustrative work. Check out more of Wasfa’s art via Instagram: @throughwasfa.

"NO Means NO"

“NO MEANS NO” calls out the lack of justice for women who have been severely injured or killed by acid attacks. The most common reasons for attacks on women and girls are the refusal of marriage, the denial of sex, and the sexual rejection of men and boys. The phrase “no means no” is an anti-rape slogan representing the significance of consent between partners when engaging in any sexual activity. The majority of gender-based violence (GBV) cases stem from disregarding consent and bodily autonomy. While this digital drawing only refers to acid attacks, the magnitude of the problem extends far beyond its face value. Women are affected by numerous misogynistic practices, ideologies, and policies, including domestic violence, honour killings, anti-abortion laws, forced sterilization, and child marriage. Reduction of violence against women requires transforming patriarchal masculinities and dismantling stereotypical social norms.

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