The Comox Valley Transition Society and Comox Valley Arts invite the community to participate in a Slow Stitching Community Art Project during the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence global campaign, Nov. 25 through Dec. 10.
This project aims to raise awareness and creatively engage all community members to reflect on how gender-based violence impacts their community and ways they can commit to helping end it. The campaign begins with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Nov. 25, and runs until Dec. 10, World Human Rights Day.
What is gender-based violence?
Gender-based violence exists on a continuum, therefore includes mild, moderate to extreme actions that are committed against someone based on their gender, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. Everyone has a role to play in creating safe homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Now, more than ever, collective action against gender-based violence is needed, as society navigates the evolving COVID-19 crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted gaps in the very systems designed to keep people safe. It has created unprecedented challenges for those experiencing gender-based violence and the organizations that provide supports and services to them.
Be sure to check out the social media campaign on the Comox Valley Transition Society’s Facebook page starting on Nov. 25 for daily posts about gender-based violence and resources.
Slow Stitching Art project
Open to everyone, this community art project offers free stitch kits, which include all the supplies needed to stitch a square (either by using a template provided or using your own design) with the theme of raising awareness of and ending gender-based violence. Stitch kits will be available for free in all municipalities at each Regional Library branch (Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland).
Participants will have 16 days to stitch a square and submit it to be incorporated into a larger piece or pieces using all the squares, which will be permanently displayed in the community in the new year. During those 16 days (Nov. 25 – Dec. 10), there will be opportunities to join facilitated stitch groups in person or virtually, as well as an online platform to share photos of the progress of your square or stitch groups you may have organized yourself with others. For more details, visit www.comoxvalleyarts.com/16days
Community partners in this project currently include The Spool Sewing Studio, Merville Grannies, Comox Valley Art Gallery Youth Media Project, and Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society. To participate as a partner, host a stitching session or otherwise contribute to the project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com