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Art for someone in your life - call for artists

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 1, 2012, 5:59 AM


"Would you like to help end violence against women? "Someone in your Life" is looking for artists to help with our crowdfunding campaign!

45% of women in the UK experience sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking. That's practically one in every two women subjected to violence simply for being a woman. But numbers are too abstract; too easy to ignore. So here's what I want you to do. Walk into a room, any room, and count the women. Now try to imagine that half of those women in the room with you, half of any arbitrary group of women, will have experienced horrific acts of gender-based violence at some point in their life. Think of the women in your life: your mother, your sister, your partner, your daughter, your best friend. Half of them have or will at some point experience violence because they are women. This not about some abstract 45%, some women "out there". This is about someone in your life.

Someone In Your Life aims to give women a space to speak out and tell their stories so that they no longer live in silence and shame; so that we can all look beyond the stereotypes; so that other women know they are not alone; and so that we all begin to understand the horrific impact gender-based violence is having on individual women and society as a whole.

We are currently looking for artists to work with us to create original artwork for our upcoming crowdfunding campaign. If you want to help end violence against women, then please get in touch with Mili (MiliSiyL)  at mili@someoneinyourlife.org."

Please help spread the word!

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:iconpetrova:
petrova Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist
I will try to promote this :heart:
It's a subject that is truly close to my heart.
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iingo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My god...It happens everywhere! I want to get involved!
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calleena Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Ah, UK... I'm afraid it's more complicated there. Those 45% are probably mostly immigrants from countries where women rights don't exist. They should be educated that once they cross the border things change but to do that they would have to know English.
But that's just a part of the 45%, there is no excuse for people who have been raised in a culture of gender equality and still don't understand a thing.
And at least from what I know there is some welfare system for abused women in UK and the police can help, where I live the police is helpless in such situations.
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:iconstarsong-studio:
Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
You must be mad, or blind, or stupid.
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:iconcalleena:
calleena Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Neither. In fact I fight for women rights and I'm quite deep in the subject.
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:iconstarsong-studio:
Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Alright then. Tell me more! You say " Those 45% are probably mostly immigrants from countries where women rights don't exist". Why *probab;y*? If you are deep in the subject, I expect you can back up that claim with some figures, and details of which nations in particular you are thinking of.
Because otherwise, I am sorry to say, it just reads like a racist/xenophobic slur.
But if you have reasons to make such a claim, please back it up, I am all ears.
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:iconcalleena:
calleena Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Ok, but in a private message. I don't want to start a cultural war here.
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:iconstarsong-studio:
Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
no prob!
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ColdBlackRaven Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
what about literature?
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Vanessanon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Writer
I am one of the 45%, or at least I was, every single time I see a white ribbon (the Australian sign against domestic violence) or a commercial against violence against women, or anything that says, 'No! Abuse against women is wrong' - i feel like someone out there cares about me, about what happened to me and about stopping it happening to someone else. I wish I could come up with some artwork that relates to this that is great, but my art skills are limited. I appreciate this...really. And although I know it isn't done just for me personally, it feels like the community is hugging me personally as a survivor and saying - you can keep going coz people care and we want to help it stop.
thank you :hug:
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
I can't make anything mindblowing, so :worship: I must pass as far as volunteering to become a collaborative artist. ^^; And nothing personal, but charity has a way of irritating me like solicitors. Why? Because I need money like everybody else, and I know I won't get any if I beg so I don't bother. Yes, I support the cause to beat back the perverts and the creeps, but I have no resources or connections at my disposal to get the job done, never mind doing the job decisively and permanently. I am sorry. I mean, like most problems in Real Life, this isn't something that can be solved with a fist or rocket to the face. (And even if so, who's to authorize it?)

I mean, I'd love to help, but I feel barred, like I can't.
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RTNightmare Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Soon definitely!
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:iconcrickatoo:
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I fully support this cause and if I find a free moment, I will happily help contribute!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll help to spread the word around. Good luck! :heart:
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will be reposting this. :salute:
It's quite honestly shocking that gender-violence is still this prominent.
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AlanRalph Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've reposted this to the #Circleoffriends blog to boost the signal. :salute:
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
that's a horrible statistic! Maybe she could use this? [link] I posted it on milli's page :D
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:iconvanessanon:
Vanessanon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Writer
That is a great artwork, perhaps could you do something similar that is more based around Siyl or gender violence?? just trying to brainstorm..
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:iconlou-in-canada:
Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
thanks for your help Ness! :hug: yes, something like that. I've made a draft of an idea It's here [link] Tell me what you think?
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:iconvanessanon:
Vanessanon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Writer
I like it,although I think the word empowerment should be in there somewhere.maybe around the edge of the circle or something?
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TheLastHuzzah Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's an astounding and shocking percentage, and I do indeed know some women who have been subjected to mistreatment. I too will help to spread the word.
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