A grassroots campaign based in Manchester – ’16 days of street action’ – is joining the global campaign against gender violence through ’16 days of activism to end violence against women’. The campaign will be running from 25 November to 10 December.
25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.
‘16 days of street art action’ comprises of Jo Lane, artist/ filmmaker, trainer and youth worker who specialises in domestic abuse and forced marriage. Also working alongside Lane is Hilary Turley, researcher and creative facilitator who specialises in work with refugees and asylum seekers.
Set up two years ago, the campaign asked female street artists from the North West to respond to the statement ‘Feminism is…’
With support from public funding from Arts Council England, 16 Days of Street Art Action – ‘Pillars of the Community’, will be used as a further platform to promote the work of female street artists. It will also be used to shine a light on influential women – past and present who have made a positive impact on the world.
On each day of the international campaign, a piece of street art depicting a revolutionary woman will be painted or pasted on street bollards on Oldham Street in Manchester city centre. The motive is to challenge the dominance of male historical figures in public spaces.
Interestingly, the women who feature on the street bollards (and the artists painting them) will only be revealed to the general public on the day.
TNT however, has exclusively discovered from the campaign team that one of the artists involved is ex-Trinity College student Beth Hermit. Beth will be painting the anti-racism campaigner and Manchester nurse, Louise Da Cocodia.
Some welcome news is that there are other women of colour in the line up. The campaign will include someone painting a tribute to Maya Angelou, Ruth Ibegbuna, Claudette Colvin, Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock, Aung San Suu Kyi and Vandana Shiva.
Today 18 November, ‘16 days of street art action’ has been invited to Brussels by the European Parliament its project.