Join us in Deptford Lounge between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 29th November 2014.
25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It is recognised as the day that the Mirabal sisters were brutally murdered and, across the world, communities unite in activism to tackle the broader social issues as well as individual instances.
The Naming of the Dead
Currently in the UK more than two women a week are killed due to male violence. The Counting Dead Women Project is campaigning to have this recognised as part of a broader problem of male violence against women and girls.
With donations of shoes from local people and community groups we have set up a display of shoes in Deptford Lounge; one pair per woman killed this year. This will be displayed on Saturday 29 November 2014 from 10am to 4pm. We want it to be a stark visual reminder of the enormity of the problem and a catalyst to get local people talking about what the broader solutions are.
Building community solidarity
But we also want to support local people to discuss how best to solve the problems of violence against women and girls. All week we have been sharing the voices of local men talking candidly about their views on how best men can act as allies in challenging other men who think violence is acceptable.
With support from library staff we have collected some books that we hope will contribute to broader public education on the issues.
Poetry and performances
From 2.30 pm local artists and performers will be sharing artistic works on the topic of violence against women and girls and celebrating the many who survive violence as well as mourning those who have not.