An awesome clip on the power of graffiti and public art to make change literally from the streets: the story of Brazilian graffiti artist Panmela Castro’s (also known as Anarkia) work to end violence against women.
Castro’s artwork often features the face of Maria da Penha, a woman who was beaten repeatedly by her husband in the 1980s and who attempted to kill her by shooting her in the spine, from which she is still paralyzed today. She fought within the courts for years to have him sentenced for his crimes, with little success. A law was passed in 2006 in Brazil in her name to increase the severity of punishment for abusers as well as give extra protection measures to women, including domestic workers.
Maria da Penha’s story shares her story in a book titled “Sobrevivi … posso contar” (I survived … I can tell my story).
Thus proves the power of the arts, particularly public art that everyone can experience, to change the world. And thus the benefit of engaging passionate, creative individuals to work alongside health professionals, lawyers, and politicians in the fight to end violence against women.