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Still I Rise

Still I Rise Project

Just like moons and like suns, | With the certainty of tides, | Just like hopes springing high, | Still I'll rise.

-Maya Angelou

 NOVEMBER 25, 2018-DECEMBER 10, 2019


“The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” Gallery is a compilation of powerful images that help facilitate awareness and promote action to end violence against women and girls around the world. These images have been collected from organizations’, activists’ and survivors’ social media platforms that attached #MeToo, #TimesUP, #16DaysofActivism and #Orangetheworld to their photos. These images represent women speaking out against gender-violence from around the world.

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.

For far too long, impunity, silence and stigma have allowed violence against women to escalate to pandemic proportions—one in three women worldwide experience gender-based violence.

The time for change is here and now.

In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #Niunamenos, #NotOneMore, #BalanceTonPorc and others, have reached a crescendo that cannot be silenced any more. Advocates understand that while the names and contexts may differ across geographic locations, women and girls everywhere are experiencing extensive abuse and their stories need to be brought to light.

-Say NO-UNITE to End Violence Against Women (UN Women, 16 Days of Activism, 2018)

Still I Rise

In February, 2018, artist Erin McGrath Rieke, an outspoken advocate for the survivors of sexual assault for over nine years, was drugged and gang raped while vacationing at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico during her twenty year wedding anniversary. Despite years of education and therapy for previous sexual assaults during her teen years, after her violent experience in Mexico, McGrath Rieke resorted to isolation and self-destructive behavior that at times became life threatening as her initial response to her assault. It was only after finding solace in music and art that she was able to confront her suffering and begin the process of healing.

McGrath Rieke’s “Still I Rise Series” is a collection of abstract acrylic works on canvas that explore the artist’s process of healing through her connection to music, lyrics and color. McGrath Rieke’s use of vibrant colors throughout the series intends to suggest an individual’s power to persevere.

Exploring one's inner self with color, music, lyrics, poetry and literature.