Freedom in the Pandemic Captivity, 2020, ink on paper, shows the positive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in various countries. While the rope symbolises the restricted mobility and freedom of choice for many young girls and women caused by societal pressures in several countries, the computer represents the opportunities provided by digital technologies for women to have access to many more resources and activities than before the pandemic. This is a radical change that gave Isna hope as a woman of science and inspired her to create this work.
Isna Ahsan is an electrical engineering student from Pakistan. She uses her artistic talents to communicate messages of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender equality and the societal pressures women face that may prevent them from discovering and reaching their full potential.