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Using Comedy to promote Equality and Peaceful Communities

29.03.19 | Cuca Margoux

“I wanted to explore an issue a lot of women face. We’ll just be talking about ‘can women have it all?’—which is of course a question that society poses every so often, similar to things like:‘are women funny’; or ‘does she have to talk’; or ‘can a woman have a family and a career and friends and soccer’? I immediately think: well, maybe if you helped instead of asking me this question all the time,”joked comedian Aparna Nancherla during her appearance at the “Comedy for Equality” event on 25 March, in New York.

The event showcased UN Women’s work using comedy to promote women’s empowerment and counter extremism, as part of the “Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities” programme, funded by the Government of Japan. Nancherla and fellow comedians Tig Notaro and Natasha Vaynblat performed at the event.