art gallery explores the theme of violence against women | News for Fenton, Linden, Holly MI

From November 20 to December 20, the Cause & Affect gallery in Fenton presents works of art on a difficult subject: violence against women.

The “See it, listen to it, talk about it!” Is an all-female show in which 15 artists share their voices and perspectives on violence against women.

“Violence against women occurs all over the world and takes many forms. This exhibition deals with several of these forms of violence. As a society, if we see it, or the heart, we have to speak up. This spectacle can be triggering for some people and may not be suitable for children, ”according to the press release.

Annie Anglim, owner of the gallery, has wanted to tackle difficult topics since she opened Cause & Affect.

“Art has the capacity to show things differently. November 25 of each year is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and I wanted this show to coincide with that, ”Anglim said.

This event is sponsored by the Zonta Club of Flint and the Michigan Fence Company. Anglim is a member of Zonta International. The organization works to end violence against women. They do 16 days of activism each year starting November 25.

These heavy topics can be difficult and triggering for people who have had these experiences.

“It has been a difficult spectacle for me personally and I have also been a victim. If we don’t discuss these things, nothing will ever change. Using art to talk about this topic helps us engage with each other. others, ”Anglim said.

She hopes the exhibit will help people discover what women face every day.

“Women shouldn’t have to be victims of violence just because they were born female. I also want to see the men come on board and start to let people know that it is not okay to treat women this way. If there could be legislative changes, that would be wonderful. Child marriage is one example, ”Anglim said.

Cause & Affect Gallery is located at 126 N. LeRoy St.

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday

12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday

According to World Health

• Violence against women – especially domestic violence and sexual violence – is a major public health problem and a violation of women’s human rights.

• Globally, about 1 in 3 (30%) women in the world have experienced physical and / or sexual violence between intimate partners or sexual violence without partners in their lifetime. Most of this violence is violence between intimate partners. Globally, almost a third (27%) of women aged 15 to 49 who have been in a relationship report having been the victim of some form of physical and / or sexual violence from their intimate partner.

• Violence can negatively affect women’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health and may increase the risk of contracting HIV in some settings.

• Violence against women is preventable. The health sector has an important role to play in providing comprehensive health care for women victims of violence and as an entry point to refer women to other support services they may need.

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