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Despite the strides women have made in the past century to increase their rights and surpass their 2nd class political status, as 50 percent of the population, we continue to struggle for our freedoms and rightful emotional, psychological, and physical treatment. In 2016-17’s political climate we saw a frightful push back against the women’s movement by large political establishments and powerful individuals. Nevertheless, we as a people have come together through activism, marches, and everyday conversations with family and friends to speak up for the overt and subtle words and actions that continue to disfranchise all kinds of women.
Here at Painted Brain, we are activists and its within our mission to lift and speak up for any population experiencing human rights deprivations including women who come from the most vulnerable populations. We will be contributing to the movement by starting a Women’s Day every Tuesday from 11 am to 5 pm at our space.
Since graduating from my Master’s program at USC, I have dedicated myself to working in homeless services. Through my work at OPCC and Downtown Women’s Center, I witnessed that women experiencing mental illness and homelessness were especially vulnerable, subjected to extreme acts of violence and exploitation by their male counterparts.
As a former intern at Painted Brain in 2014-2015, I pioneered the women’s group as a direct result of the women contributors desire to have a space where discussion about women’s needs and issues could be explored. My vision for Painted Brain’s Women’s Day is to create a safe space for women to come together through media and the arts to continue rebuilding their self-determination with dignity and esteem as well as provide a space that empowers women to use their voice to change the discussion around women and women experiencing mental illness.
Please join me at 11 am this Tuesday, March 21st to make introductions and discuss the future of the women’s day. See you all there!