61 x 61 cm, Acrylic on Plywood
Artist: Christa Assad x Kevin Wickham
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Gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to the ideology of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN), also known as the Zapatistas. The far-left group takes its name from Emiliano Zapata, the agrarian revolutionary and commander of the Liberation Army of the South during the Mexican Revolution, and seeks indigenous control over local resources, especially land. Joining the EZLN allowed women greater access to educational opportunities, but there was no place for family in the camps. The women who joined as insurgents had to renounce having a family because camp living conditions made it too difficult to care for children. Women who already had families found other ways to support the fight against injustice, the marginalization, the poverty, and the exploitation that Mexican women suffer.
Art Exhibition: Quien Calla, Otorga (Silence Means Conscent) celebrates women of México past and present. While some of those represented are controversial figures in history, all are undeniably powerful. Their strength inspires the next generation of young women to find their voices and use their minds for positive change..
Feminine energy is breaking out around the world. Women are taking control as political leaders and active fighters in the military and rebel groups. But while the number of current female leaders – excluding monarchs and figureheads – has more than doubled since 2000, most of the world’s nations have never been led by a woman (Pew Research Center, March 8, 2017). We are already familiar with what happens when men are in power. Male energy has led us to endless wars, to mass destruction and devastation of our planet and its natural resources, to genocide. It is time for change and for the feminine energy to take the lead.