Saturday, December 5, 2009

GAATW Call For Submissions

Reposting a message from Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women

Dear Members and Friends,

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) is launching an international Art Action contest titled Rights! Art! Action!

Almost without exception anti-human trafficking campaigns have used words and images of violence, distress and horror to draw people's attention and provoke them into taking action. All too often we have shown women's fearful faces and crouching bodies. And yet many times we have been concerned with the ethics and voyeurism of those depictions.

We think it is time to move beyond images of victimhood and vulnerability. We invite you to draw on visual imagination and rights affirming politics, to create empowering images with strong messages. Take up the challenge, think creatively to show the strength and agency of women.

Who: Human rights advocates from around the world.

What: You can submit paintings, photographs, posters, drawings, banners ... or any kind of visual art. Email us the photograph of your entry.

Please be sure to fill in a submission form and send it to

A roundtrip ticket to Bangkok and entry into GAATW's international members' congress in July 2010. Selected submissions will be displayed at the congress.

When: Deadline is 20 February 2010. Winners will be announced on 8 March 2010
We need your help to find ground-breaking, positive and inspirational visual representations that depict the strength and agency of women.


GAATW International Secretariat

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