In the News: Art gallery explores topic of violence against women

From Nov. 20 to Dec. 20, Cause & Affect Gallery in Fenton is showcasing art on a difficult topic — violence against women.

The “See it, Hear it, Speak out!” is an all-woman show in which 15 artists share their voices and perspectives on the violence women experience.

“Violence against women occurs all around the world and is in many forms. This exhibit speaks to many of these forms of violence. As a society if we see it, or heart it, we must speak out. This show may be triggering for some individuals and may not be appropriate for children,” according to the press release.

Annie Anglim, owner of the gallery, has wanted to take on hard topics ever since she opened Cause & Affect.

“Art has the ability to make people look at things differently. Nov. 25 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 Michigan Fence Company. Anglim is a member of Zonta International. The organization works to end violence against women. They do 16 days of activism every year beginning Nov. 25.

These heavy topics can be hard and triggering for people who have dealt with these experiences.

“This has been a tough show for me personally as well as I too was a victim. If we do not discuss these things, nothing will ever change. Using art to speak on this topic helps us to dialogue with one another,” Anglim said.

She hopes the exhibit helps people learn what women face every day.

“Women should not have to be a victim of violence just because they were born female. I also want to see men get on board and start to let one another know it is not okay to treat women this way. If there could be legislative change happen, that would be wonderful. An example of this is child marriage,” Anglim said.

Cause & Affect Gallery is located at 126 N. LeRoy St.
Gallery Hours:
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday
12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday

According to the World Health Organization:
• Violence against women — particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence — is a major public health problem and a violation of women’s human rights.
• Globally, about 1 in 3 (30%) of women worldwide have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. Most of this violence is intimate partner violence. Worldwide, almost one third (27%) of women aged 15-49 years who have been in a relationship report that they have been subjected to some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner.
• Violence can negatively affect women’s physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health, and may increase the risk of acquiring HIV in some settings.
• Violence against women is preventable. The health sector has an important role to play to provide comprehensive health care to women subjected to violence, and as an entry point for referring women to other support services they may need.

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