Women leaving their home countries, fleeing war, domestic and social violence, poverty and political, gender and religious persecution, find that even their journeys are fraught with violence, abuse and exploitation. Eighty percent of women and girls leaving Central America for the US are raped or abused. It is such a common occurrence, they take birth control along to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Women in many parts of the world, setting out for a new life, are grabbed and caught by elaborate networks of sex trafficking, one of the three most lucrative illicit businesses internationally (the other two are drugs and illegal arms dealing). Surely safe passage is an important issue for feminists.
I’m not an artist, but this is beautiful. There is something about the purple silhouettes against the brightly colored globe that is entrancing. Beyond the message, which, of course, is most important.
Thanks for reminding us of the basic rights many women don’t have. I know I sound like an old fart, but I remember a period in the 70’s when people would have been outraged at the images we see now of women in the media. We’ve cycled around to an objectification of women that breeds disrespect, and therefore abuse. Very moving image — thank you!
Thanks, Phil. You are not an old fart, or even if you are, you are a right-on old fart. The portrayal of women is absolutely awful. I look around sometimes and say to myself — “Was there ever a women’s movement!
This I really like.