War On Women Display
This is an eye-catching, conversation-starting, educational display that is also a form of social intervention. It disrupts people's normal routine and confronts them in a gripping and compelling way with the true conditions of women worldwide.
The display consists of the chalk outlines of women's bodies as if they were killed in a crime scene. Across their “bodies” are the bootprints of various manifestations of patriarchy which symbolize not only the reasons that women are dying, but the utter disregard these social institutions and have for these women in their lives or their deaths. Around the border of the display are numerous facts about the level of violence, disrespect and degradation that women face in every sphere; almost no one knows of these things and everyone needs to know.
This display gets people's attention and draws them in. Bring it to the main walk on a campus, set it up at outdoor concerts during the summer, take it to sporting events, set it up outside museums, near a transportation hub, in a neighborhood, or anywhere else that there is foot traffic.
As people walk by, ask them to take a moment and look at the display. When they are looking, give them space to read and “take it in.” After a while, ask them what they think of what they are reading. What strikes them the most? Are there things they didn't know? Things they are surprised by? Other things they think should be on the display? Listen to what they have to say and do your best to answer their questions or argue with them if you think they are wrong about important matters. Don't let your arguments get personal and don't waste your time on people who want to make it personal. This display concentrates the brutal reality of women's lives across this planet, everything you say should keep people coming back to that.
Ask people to donate to Stop Patriarchy while you are out with this display. Also, have a clipboard handy to sign people up to Stop Patriarchy's email list and to give their phone numbers to stay connected. Send these lists in to StopPatriarchy@gmail.com and keep a copy to inform them of your next activities.
Have copies of Stop Patriarchy's Call to Action to hand out to people who are interested.
What You Will Need To Make This Display
These two files:
An old white (or other plain light colored) bed sheet or two very large pieces of “butcher block” paper taped together (about 8 -12 feet long, taped together so that they are twice as wide and still 8 - 12 feet in length). (Essentially, you need something you can lay down on the ground that is big enough for two or three people to lie down on.)
Other things you will want to have with you:
Now That You Have Everything, Get Out In a Public Place and Get Started!
The best part is that you can assemble this in public – doing so draws people's attention and gets them involved all the way along.