Three months ago, I decided to join an NGO called Peace for Humanity. Before I found out about them, I was searching for a way to use my spare time more meaningfully by helping others. Then, I met founder Jennifer Fils-Aimé; we had a great talk, but what impressed me the most was the anti-domestic violence project that the NGO had been developing for the past two years.
I have a very close friend whose mother was a victim of domestic violence when he was a child. My friend had a very hard childhood, but fortunately his mom got help from family members and was a very strong woman who fought for her rights and successfully raised her children without an abusive father.
But not all stories end so happily. After meeting Jennifer, I realized that there are still many women who need help – especially right here, in China.
In response, Peace for Humanity is holding “Break the Silence,” a photo exhibition and fundraising event that opens this Saturday from 3-6pm at La Plantation Gallery in Shunyi. There will also be raffle draws, dance performances, and souvenir gifts for sale. The exhibition will run from June 16 to July 15.
Through the dark and graphic photos by Spanish artist Pere Ibanez, I believe many viewers will get a true glimpse of the harrowing nature of abusive relationships.
For those of you not living in Shunyi, there will be shuttle buses leaving from Sanyuanqiao subway station at 2.45pm, 3.30pm, and 4.30pm for the gallery (with return trips, of course).
This event is completely free, but donations and raffle/souvenir purchases are highly appreciated.
Please note: The content of the photo exhibition is extremely graphic and not suitable for people under 16.
Photo courtesy of Peace for Humanity