On the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2022, the Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo will for the first time present the Beate Sirota Gordon Award for an art/cultural project from Austria in the field of gender equality that is implemented in Japan.
The award was established in honor of Beate Sirota Gordon (1923-2012), a native of Vienna who, as the author of Articles 14 and 24 of the Japanese Constitution after World War II, helped women in Japan achieve equality in marriage, family, and society. Sirota Gordon is celebrated in Japan to this day as an advocate for women and a hero of the modern Japanese feminist movement.
The Beate Sirota Gordon Award recognizes the achievements of an artist from Austria in the field of gender equality and women’s rights and enables the creation of a new artistic or cultural project in Japan.
This year’s first Beate Sirota Gordon Award goes to Austrian artist Martha Schnuderl for her project “DO YOU SEE ME NOW,” a documentary short film about the role of women, the struggle for gender equality, and the challenges of self-actualization in contemporary Japanese society, as seen through the eyes of a group of young Japanese people.
Video recording of the project: Vimeo (Turn on the sound!)