Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Making Meaning - The Art of Carolyn Mazloomi - Post # 5

A Peacekeeper’s Gift
61.5 x 45.5, 2005.
Cotton, silk, machine appliqué, and machine quilted
Artist Statement:
Peacekeepers are currently deployed in Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in Ethiopia/Eritrea. Although the blue helmets (U.N. Peacekeepers) were initially welcomed by their hosts for their anticipated contributions to peace, they impact negatively on women's security in conflict countries, as they are often the perpetrators of acts of gender violence against the vulnerable populations they are mandated to protect. Peacekeepers have been accused of raping civilian women and promoting the illegal sex industry in those countries.
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