Swapping placards for pages, the collection of stories poignantly and powerfully provide insight into either the artists’ individual experiences of, or commentary on, violence against women.
The idea was sparked by a need for creative expression through the medium they know best, as co-editor Alexandra Lewis says, “we wanted to create something that connects with readers and helps facilitate change, whether on an individual level or by initiating wider conversations.”
Co-editor and AOI Member Laura Elliott continues, “The benefit of using comics in this way is that they can provide an ideal structure for tackling complex topics, making them accessible to a wider audience.”
All the stories are deeply personal, and it was important to many of the contributors that the e-zine directly facilitate fundraising for practical support for vulnerable women. For this reason, the 35-page e-zine is available for download via Just Giving, where donations are sent to the charity Housing for Women to support their work in providing safe houses for women and gender-specific support services.
Despite being a collection of individual contributions, the overall narrative ultimately culminates in resistance and optimism. Contributing artist Gayle Rogers sums up, “coming together with others to share experiences and aspirations gives me hope that a better, more equitable world is possible. Together our voices are strengthened and amplified.”
The release of the e-zine coincided with the 174th anniversary of the birth of British suffragist Dame Millicent Fawcett on 11th June, to highlight the continued need to promote women’s rights.
To download your copy of Listen to your Daughters, Educate your Sons, visit their crowdfunding page to donate any amount towards the fundraising goal.