Joyce Stalker, Darlene E. Clover and Catherine
The purpose of this
· To educate, document, and raise awareness of the
extent and causes of the problem of violence
against women through an aesthetic medium.
· To help with the healing process for people who
have lost a loved one or who are survivors of this
· To provide encouragement, support, and
information for others who wish to undertake a
similar popular education project.
We contacted by mail and/or email everyone who
submitted an abstract and/or who registered for
the conference and invited them to contribute a
decorated blouse or shirt to the project. Each
item represented a woman, group of women the
community of women who have suffered assaults,
rapes, murders and incest. It could
celebrate/commemorate the survivors/victims and
also acknowledge in some way that although
violence may happen at the hands of individual
men, it is often the result of social, political,
economic and cultural factors.
This Clothesline served as an exemplar for
participants at the conference and was hung in the
main foyer of the conference hall. It was
accompanied by information intended to stimulate
action to end violence against women. This
included data about violence against women on a
country by country basis and guidelines on how to
run a community-based Clothesline Project and move
it toward action.