Artists making change

We’ve highlighted five female artists who’ve used their work to express their belief in the power of women.

Belina Wright

My work usually consists of groups of women carrying heavy loads. This community of strong, supportive women continue to persevere despite difficulties.

I also paint women from different cultures grouped together to show unity and diversity. I’m inspired by friends I have made from around the world. The insight I’ve gained from learning about their cultures gave me a new perspective and approach to my artwork. The message of my artwork is rooted in women’s empowerment and women supporting women working together in unity.

With my work I want to share the rich culture and beauty of Haiti. I also seek to show positive, strong African American women with natural hair, as well as promote unity and positivity among people of different cultures.

Souad Haddad

Although Lebanon is a very beautiful and cultural country, I was born and raised during a period of war and instability for the country. This gave me the understanding that every day is a gift and it developed the positivity in my personality. My artworks reflect my feelings toward Life, Love and Hope. With my art I try to inspire people to be positive and celebrate life!

I always try to spread awareness on how women are as successful as men and how they both can equally contribute to society, each in their own capacity. My "Unconditional Love" Collection reflects the different type of love a woman offers a mother, as a child, as a lady, as a philanthropist, as a successful woman, and so on.

I enjoy painting women and flowers, I feel they are the backbone of life and the centre of inspiration. As Christian Dior once said "After women, flowers are the second most lovely thing God has given the world."

Helyne Joseph

I am a young woman from the Caribbean who’s always wanted to connect with many people from across the world. I grew up with big dreams and although everything isn’t always within our reach, we can still make our lives beautiful wherever we are. Currently I’m a professional golfer, and a researcher in the biotech industry, who uses cultural perspectives and love for science to create the concepts of art.

This work features scientific imagery with a blend of cultural prints. With this collection and the ones to come we’re able to shed light on the beauty to be found in science and culture. I want women who connect with this work to truly recognize that there are no limits to what we’re able to accomplish. I’m a scientist, a golfer, a creator, an activist; and I share beauty through my visuals.

On this Women’s Day 2018, I want anyone reading this to know that your talents will always shine and serve the world as they are needed.

Desiree De Fawaz

After my two recent trips to Lebanon, I was heartbroken to see the massive waves of Syrian refugees now flooding the streets. While Lebanese are undeniably the most gracious of hosts, I found that this ongoing crisis has overwhelmed them in countless ways and I witnessed, with a heavy heart, working children and their families living in the worst of conditions. This is why I started my VIDA collection, in an attempt to bring hope to this war-torn generation. By purchasing any of my designs, you'll support the Malala Fund's educational projects in the biggest refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley.

Heather J Kirk

Scottsdale artist Heather J. Kirk believes in using her photography to change the world - literally and very specifically. The sales and licensing of her images support non-profits related to the image locations themselves. Kirk donates 20% of profits to the non-profit Eternally Cherished whose Mission is to Encourage, Empower and Employ young orphaned women and rural Dominican women, while increasing their physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. Programs include self-esteem workshops, education, career planning, job creation and placement, and financial management classes. An additional benefit of this support is the prevention of these women from resorting to the sex tourism trade in the Dominican Republic as a means of survival.