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According to Public Services International, reports from frontline activists have indicated that Domestic and sexualized violence is spiking during the Covid-19 Pandemic. In some places, rates of violence against women are up 300 percent.
In Afghanistan, the national domestic violence has been shuttered and converted to a virus hotline. And where hotlines are open, they are crashing due to high volume. Women and children are forced to shelter with their abusers amid the necessary lockdowns.
Today, June 4th, PSI is launching a global day of solidarity with survivors around the world inspired by Mexican artist Elina Chauvet's Red Shoes protest. In 2009, Chauvet staged her first art installation of red shoes - representing the bloodshed women face in Mexico because of femicide, domestic, and sexualized violence.Since then, her installations have inspired activists around the world to wear red shoes.
The JCSA Stands in solidarity with women across the world who are facing abuse during this time. As such we are joining the movement.
We invite you to take a picture of red shoes, or red socks, and send it to us for inclusion in this campaign in the days to come. Don't have red shoes or socks? Share your drawings. Red flowers, fabric, paint - be creative. Or take out that red lipstick and nail polish and draw a symbol of solidarity.
Post photos on your social media pages and tag us in your photos!!!!
We Look Forward to your participation!
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