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The All Woman project,
Last week, TVNZ’s 20/20 current affairs programme focussed on the appalling track record of violence perpetrated against women and children in this country.
The women featured took inordinately brave steps to talk about the damage done to their lives and their children’s lives. And they’re going further.
Underway is an extraordinary work of art. Bev Short, a feisty and award-winning photographer, is assembling a collection of images of Kiwi women. They are women who are notable for their life choices, their profession, their unusual foibles, what they aspire to be and where they have already made their mark.
The women in the 20/20 episode bravely elected to bare their souls before Bev’s lens in the hope that doing so will encourage more women to summon up the courage to ask for help, to get out, to finally accept that it is not OK to live with violence.
Eventually the image of will be part of a collection of evocative and provocative images which will form a book currently titled All Woman and an exhibition – both will chronicle their dreams and hopes in images and their own words.
Since Bev conceived her idea of a book she’s been working hard to secure funding to complete her project. Importantly the New Zealand National Portrait Gallery has stated they would like to exhibit Bev's finished project - initially in Wellington and then to tour the country. This is a prestigious honour and now the pressure is on to complete the project.
Bev has had some backing from the highest quarters – for example, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs who have given her their unequivocal support. Such an endorsement at the highest levels has been a great boost to Bev and also to the women she is featuring.
To complete the project Bev needs a helping hand in the way of funding or in-kind support (travel is her greatest expense). There are many and varied opportunities for companies and individuals to be part of an amazing project. It’s a story of how Kiwi women live, what they dream of and how far they are prepared to go to stamp their mark on the world.
For further information regarding the All Woman project please do not hesitate to contact either Bev on (021) 234 5625 or Sue Hamilton on firstname.lastname@example.org .
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