Joyce Stalker, Darlene E. Clover and Catherine Etmanski
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
The purpose of this project was:
· 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 violence.
· To provide encouragement, support, and information
for others who wish to undertake a similar popular education
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.