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Feminist Art Exhibit Threatened in Kyrgyzstan

Expand People march through the center of Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek for International Women's Day, March 8, 2019. © 2018 AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin The “Feminnale” exhibition at Kyrgyzstan’s National Art Museum in Bishkek centers on the theme of economic independence for women, intentionally challenging gender norms in the country. But instead of treating the event as an opportunity to foster conversation, opponents have instigated an intense backlash, involving verbal abuse and death threats, the resignation of the museum’s director, removal of several artworks, and finally, calls for law…

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