Women, Peace and Security Quilts

My challenge quilt specifically addresses the issue of Women, Peace and Security in the form of provoking analytical thinking. Let us all rally for Middle Eastern women that they NOT remain faceless AND voiceless during the process of forming the new governments. Women must be a vital part of the solution! The collective spirit empowers women around the world whether rich or poor, covered or uncovered, old or young, oppressed or free, no matter what our skin colour or spiritual convictions. Let us find strength and courage in Margaret Mead’s powerful words “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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The weavers of Bosfam have made 15 quilts, commemorating victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The Diaspora Quilt carries the names of 25 men and boys. It was commissioned by family members who now live in the US and woven in Bosnia by women who themselves lost relatives at Srebrenica or were displaced by the war. As well as telling the story of the massacre, quilting allows women to work together and share their experiences, which can be deeply therapeutic.

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In the summer of 2010, over 100 survivors of sexual violence in the Eastern Congo produced hand-embroidered panels for a quilt while they were receiving treatment from SOS Femmes En Danger, a Congolese NGO.

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Siempre Esparanza by Jennifer Day

by admin on February 21, 2011

Siempre Esperanza Jennifer Day Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA Siempre Esperanza – always hope – is the spirit behind this quilt.  The woman is from Oaxaca, Mexico.  Her sweet smile is all the more stirring in light of the skeleton bones behind her.    With all of the strife revolving around the drug wars in Mexico, […]

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What if She Were Your Daughter? by Holly McCoy

by admin on February 21, 2011

Human trafficking generates 32 billion dollars in revenue each year. 162 countries are affected by human trafficking. 800,000 victims are brought across international borders each year with 80% being women or girls. 70% of female victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation.

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Danger Zone by Dawn Piasta

by admin on February 21, 2011

In conflict areas of the world women are pursued at watering holes and are at risk of being the target of the most brutal weapon of war: rape.

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Strife and Serenity by Rose Legge

by admin on February 21, 2011

My approach is to portray a woman who is in a turbulent situation but dreams of a better life. Elements of both strife and serenity are in this piece, symbolized by a bare tree, a bird, etc.

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This quilt depicts images of five women carrying a heavy load on their heads. Their mental and physical strength and resiliency are symbolized by their heads made of metal. The heavy weight of their load is symbolized by the basket made of steel.

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The Ripple Effect by Trish Vessey

by admin on February 21, 2011

Because of the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building, I thought this quilt, of the pond and drop of water creating a ripple effect, is a representation of not only one person, but several women coming together, being strong and reaching out, rippling out to all women of the world everywhere.

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The Mending by Lea McComas

by admin on February 21, 2011

Women, the world over, toil daily to provide essentials for their families. They strive to provide such tangibles as food, clothing, shelter, and the intangibles of safety, security, and love. Such tasks are further complicated by relentless threats of destruction.

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Disturbing by Eleanor Michonski

by admin on February 21, 2011

Women woven together in their separate lives. Women in situations they did not seek. War, flood, earthquake, fire, rape. Women with children, waiting for family, fearing the worst. Women with men they fear. Women alone in depression and oppression. Women capable of love and living, trapped in prisons not of their making.

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One Female at a Time by B.J. Reid

by admin on February 21, 2011

Peace and security in women’s lives have been issues for me for quite some time. All forms of physical and mental abuse, whether inflicted by family, friend or invader, are truly abhorrent.

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Suffragettes by Bonnie J. Smith

by admin on February 21, 2011

What to say? What to do? What have we learned? Can we learn? Look at the past! Please look at the past! Please learn from the past! They worked so hard for us!

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Slavery Quilt by Susan McEntee Comeaux

by admin on February 21, 2011

It is believed quilts were used in the south as forms of communication in the Underground Railroad movement to help slaves seeking their freedom to escape north before and during the American Civil War. It is an understatement to say that African American women were victims of violence during the time of slavery in the United States. Women still face tremendous violence on a global scale.

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The Doors Are Opening by Susan Wittrup

by admin on February 21, 2011

Women the world over are standing up and demanding their place. Due to their efforts slowly but surely the doors are beginning to open. In my quilt, I am celebrating this progress.

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Despair and Hope by Carolyn Carson

by admin on February 21, 2011

The weeping woman depicted in the piece, representative of all women, is juxtaposed against a sunrise with butterflies, suggesting hope. Women worldwide are victims of multiple types of oppression, assault and discrimination.

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Isolation by Allison Wilbur

by admin on February 21, 2011

At refugee camps like Iridimi in Western Chad, women who have been driven from their homes and villages by conflict leave the camps to seek firewood for their families. As they venture farther and farther from the camp they become vulnerable to attack.

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Women Power by Corinne Beque

by Allison Wilbur on February 14, 2011

Women Power Corinne Beque Geneva, Switzerland I believe in the power of words. From books to names on a voting ballot to UN resolutions, words can, words should, help women take charge of their own lives. And thereby create a better future for all. I have used blue, the color of the UN, for my […]

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All Women Matter by Dawn Piasta

by admin on December 21, 2010

It has been over ten years since UN Resolution 1325 was passed but there is still a lack of recognition as to why women matter to peace and security. Women are far too often seen only as victims, not as the agents of change whose perspectives and participation are critical in peacemaking and peace building.

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