The lockdown has placed a spotlight on those who are vulnerable to domestic abuse and gender-based violence in our country.
This led to the launch of The Embrace Project website – founded by two South African women, Lee-Anne Germanos and Leanne Berger. This non-profit organisation aims to ‘creatively combat’ GBV through the sale of artwork.
This Women’s Day The Embrace Project allows you to buy artwork from a wave of talented, local artists, online. Artworks include beautiful paintings, art prints, ceramics and embroidered art. The proceeds of these sales will go to sales go to organisations combatting gender-based violence in their communities.
The online store also includes a free download of four specially created colouring-in pages for children and adults. Each depicts one of our female activists who led the women’s march to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 to demand equal rights for South African women: Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn.
‘How many of us know who these struggle heroes are; the women who demanded equal rights for South African women? This is a chance for us to learn, and to give, on Women’s Day 2020 when, due to the circumstances of the time – the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown – vulnerable communities are even more vulnerable. The perpetration of GBV does not happen through the actions of one but because of the inaction of all’, said Lee-Anne, a non-practising attorney and legal researcher into gender based violence and the criminal justice system.
‘South African creatives have come together to visually communicate the courage of our past leaders, and to create a rallying cry for women and men to add their voice to ours in the fight against GBV’, added Leanne, a freelance illustrator, designer and creative thinker.