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BRINGING SHE'S GONE TO NEW YORK CITY TO FIGHT INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

She's Gone
 

Remember the Women Institute is pleased to be partnering with Israeli installation artist Keren Goldstein and her team to bring her art installation She's Gone to New York City. She's Gone is a protest against the international tragic phenomenon of gender-based murder, specifically intimate partner or domestic violence. Because of the COVID‑19 pandemic, this heinous assault against women has been recorded in greater numbers worldwide. Even Pope Francis has called attention to the issue. The She's Gone art installation, which features the clothing of murdered victims of intimate partner violence, speaks on behalf of the innocent victims of violence that is inflicted by spouses or other family members. On December 1, 2020, Remember the Women Institute presented a special webinar, Artists and Writers Respond to Domestic Violence, as part of our She's Gone programming on domestic violence. The webinar offered a stellar lineup of artists and writers responding to domestic violence. In 2021, when it is safe to gather, we will present a symposium at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, New York City, followed by an exhibition of the She's Gone art installation. Topics to be addressed include:

• The She's Gone art installation
• Victim testimony
• Dramatizing intimate partner violence
• Academics Working on Intimate Partner Violence
• Advocates Combatting Intimate Partner Violence

Online Special Event: Artists and Writers Respond to Domestic Violence (December 1, 2020)

The webinar was part of the sixteen days of related activities between the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, 2020 and UN Human Rights Day on December 10, 2020. A recording of the event is available.

Symposium: "Intimate Partner Violence Seen Through Art, Education, and Advocacy" (date to be determined in 2021)

Remember the Women Institute, the Human Rights Program, Roosevelt House, Hunter College, directed by Jessica Neuwirth, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Hunter College, directed by Prof. Catherine Raissiguier will co-sponsor and present this afternoon symposium. The symposium will be held at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 47-49 East 65th Street, New York City, as soon as the situation is safe and feasible, in cooperation with other organizations also working on the issue of intimate partner violence. We are working with the Consulate General of Israel in New York and the New York City Mayor's Office to End Domestic Violence. Invitees to attend will include people working on this issue in social and legal services, organizations, academics, students, and others such as first responders and law enforcers.

Presenters and cooperating organizations include:

• Artist Keren Goldstein and her associate Adi Levy, who will present a slide show of She's Gone and discuss the background of her installation.
• Commissioner Cecile Noel, New York City Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-based Violence
• Consul for Public Diplomacy Adva Vilchinski, and Consul for Culture Booni Cohavi, Consulate General of Israel in New York
• Playwright Cynthia L. Cooper, who will arrange a reading of poetry or a short play by a professional actor
• Aryn Quinn, founder of EndAbuse4Good
• Rachel Louise Snyder, No Visible Bruises author, professor, and journalist
• Nicola Dell, Assistant Professor, Cornell Tech and the Jacobs Technion Cornell Institute
• Dorchen Leidholdt, Director, Legal Center, Sanctuary for Families
• Nechama Bakst, Director, Family Violence Services, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
• Kim Gandy, past president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence

We also expect several elected officials to join us.

She's Gone Art installation exhibition at a gallery to be announced (date to be determined in 2021)

The art installation, which features the clothing of murdered victims of intimate partner violence, speaks on behalf of the innocent victims of violence that is inflicted by spouses or other family members. Created by Israeli artist Keren Goldstein and her team, the installation began by calling attention to the cross-cultural issue in Israel. It is now being expanded to address the crisis in other countries, echoing its universal scope.

The installation currently includes a green T-shirt, a denim dress, a short fake-fur coat, a long embroidered dress, a pair of jeans, a red shirt, a lucky sweatshirt that was worn before every test, and a special top and jacket bought especially for a wedding. These random garments, which contain tales of absence and loss within their folds, are muted witnesses to lives that were abruptly and violently taken. Every garment displays a small note with a name on it. Next to the name are details of the murder and the murderer's verdict.

The garments included in the installation are the clothing that actually belonged to murdered women from all sectors of Israeli society. There is an original background soundtrack that of international lullabies, meant to be comforting to the victims. The clothes are final reminders of what were once the full, active lives of Dafna and Anat, Fatma and Limor, Malkam and Duaa, Ganit, Ala, Salmelak, Shlomit and Iris. These are just a few of so many, representing the silent voices of women and young girls who had dreams, hopes, and a strong desire to live.

She's Gone is in the process of evolving from an Israel-based to an international art installation that protests against the spreading phenomenon of gender-based murder and speaks on behalf of innocent victims of violence worldwide. The artist has been seeking clothing in connection with exhibitions that were scheduled in Europe, and now postponed because of the pandemic. Remember the Women Institute is also searching for clothing of local victims in the metropolitan area and in the United States in general. We already have several commitments and leads.

Violence against women should not be inevitable, and it is essential that we do everything in our power to prevent it. Rooted in patriarchal societies that refused to acknowledge that women are equal and unique beings, these horrifying acts of gender-based murders continue to brutally violate human rights. By boldly showing the clothes of murder victims, She's Gone strives to raise global public awareness and encourage dialogue around this painful phenomenon. We wish to loudly sound the alarm and engage people everywhere to act and bring about change.

Please watch for updates and further details. We are seeking institutional cooperation and financial support for this project. And we especially invite relatives of murdered women to add their clothes to the display. Please contact us at info@rememberwomen.org if you can help with this effort.

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