Vaginas deserve respect!

0 Posted by - January 31, 2015 - Blog, Feminism

It’s saturday and true to my new years resolution, i have sat my arse down to actually update my website and blog more regularly! It’s rather difficult as my hands are constantly itching to actually go back to the sewing-board, but some things need to be said, some things need to be done and written about and the Vavengers Charity event was one of those evenings that left an imprint on me that i would like to share with you !

First things first: The event was organised by a mix of people, some of whom where actual survivours of  FGM and others who are just appaled by the situation and want to help resolve it.

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picture credit ADP London

To clarify for those of you who don’t know what FGM stands for,this is it:

Female genital mutilation (sometimes referred to as female circumcision) refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice is illegal in the UK.

It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK each year, and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM. However, the true extent is unknown, due to the “hidden” nature of the crime.

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If those images aren’t already rolling your toenails backwards, then i can guarantee you that listening to Women and girls who have been subject to this cruel power play of patriarchy disguised under the smoke screen of ‘tradition’ , will!

I don’t think i really need to explain further why this must stop and why it’s essential that people talk about it, raise awareness and subsequently with events like Vavengers, help to raise funds for the fight.

 

It was a very well organised evening with speeches by Survivors of FGM , an art auction to which i had donated the drawing you can see below, lots of bubbles comedy and canapes and some good music.

All of this happened in the most amazing venue that is Brunswick house, in Vauxhall.

Drawing

 

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picture credit ADP London

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picture credit ADP London

The things that i learned that night, the stories that i heard and the women and men organising events like this one really inspired me and this is certainly something i will be exploring further within my art thats yet to come.

So with all the newly found information and the hope that you are as inspired as i am to continue fighting for equality and abolish these types of brutal rituals that so many girls and young women are still subjected to, i leave you to your weekend and retreat back to my Retex Sculpture, changing the world one portrait at the time.

 

Loves you!

 

Jess

 

1 Comment

  • Terri Murray January 31, 2015 - 4:24 pm Reply

    Thanks Jess for such an inspiring write up of the VAVENGERS event. Your contributions were a very important part of making it a success. Without the good will and support of people like you, we never could have raised 11,000 pounds for the billboard campaign. We really hope that the billboards will have an impact similar to the card that Sainab talked about in her speech – the one she put in the post so that her parents would re-think cutting her little sister. If we manage to save even one girl from this outdated and traumatic practice, then we will consider it a success.

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