The Clothesline Project
October 1 - October 31
The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with written messages and illustrations that graphically demonstrate the impact of violence against women. These shirts are designed by women survivors of violence, their families or friends. The purpose is to educate, to mourn those who have died as a result of this violence, and finally to bear witness to a woman’s courage to survive and heal.
Simply viewing the shirts is often enough to encourage a survivor to make a shirt and thereby “break the silence” that has held her prisoner for so long. It is an important step to ending the vicious cycle of abuse. By hanging their shirts out in the open, women can leave behind some of the pain from their past and continue their healing.