Friday, December 10, 2010

Put your foot down: ActionAid

More than 15 million women are living with HIV globally and every half minute another becomes infected. With 5 million South Africans living with HIV, the risk of infection for these young women is extremely high. And once infected, HIV positive women are accused of bringing HIV into their homes and face violence, eviction and economic destitution as a result. On World AIDS Day 2008, ActionAid decided to do something about this, with the launch of campaign. ActionAid asked people to help them persuade the UK government to take action on violence against women - by contributing a shoe. The intention was to have one shoe for every woman likely to contract HIV each day (2,876). They received over 3,200 shoes . Working with artists Riitta Ikonen and YCN, they created a piece of art using the donated shoes. The finished product was unveiled on International Women’s Day 2009 is an installation which uses customised shoes to tell the stories of women affected by violence and HIV and AIDS .

>Put your foot down

Riitta Ikonen from YCN TV on Vimeo.

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