Art and Soles: putting a foot down against domestic violence

By Suzanne Ludekens

Ending all forms of violence towards women and children is very much the issue of 2013. Quite simply women (and many men) have declared “No More!” No more rape, no more beatings, no more intimidation, no more fear. Eve Ensler’s ‘One Billion Rising’ (anti-violence dance protest) brought millions to the streets all around the globe to dance in protest. In San Miguel de Allende many have walked, danced and attended talks, films and fundraisers to support the Violence Prevention (Previolencia) program at CASA.

Art Auction/Benefit
Art & Soles/Arte & Zapatos
Sun, Mar 10, 3-6pm
Mariló Carral Espacio
Fábrica La Aurora
Tickets 150 pesos
(incl: 2 free raffle tickets, botanas & a drink)

This weekend a group of 30 international artists put their foot down against violence in San Miguel with the Art and Soles/Arte y Zapatos art auction fundraiser. Here is a selection of work from the artists. Other participating artists: Mariló Carral, Beatriz Casteñeda Ernesto Folch, Blanca Garcia, Gerry Gill Nan Reid Mariah Sirius, Maureen Smullen, Linda Soberman, Hope Swann, Rosa Torres, Julie Zipp and special selections from Skot Foreman Fine Art and Galeria Nudo can be seen that day.

Tickets are available at La Conexión, Aldama 3, or TOSMA Saturday Organic Market from 10am to 1pm on the Ancha de San Antonio.

Buy the art and break the chain

The Violence Prevention (Previolencia) program at CASA provides individual and group counseling, medical services, legal help and emergency shelter and is the only one of its kind in the state of Guanajuato. With a staff of three psychologists and 15 trained volunteers, it reaches more than 1,700 people annually (the majority of whom are women aged between 20 and 45.) The issue of domestic violence in San Miguel is widespread and complicated. In the campo victims endure psychological and physical violence caused by economic pressures, lack of education, cultural norms and limited access to support networks; they are more inclined to seek conciliation. Whereas in the urban context there are more incidents of physical violence, yet victims, because they have wider support networks and economic opportunities are more inclined to seek legal intervention by making and following through on ‘denuncias’ (formal complaints). Although domestic violence in San Miguel is predominantly reported among working-class women, there are some reports from women in the middle-class economic group and three to five cases of expat reports annually.

Dulce Ortiz, program director, advises anyone who wishes to support a suspected victim of violence to seek clear and accurate information from the 24-hour hotline so the ‘victim’ will have confidence in seeking assistance.

Domestic Violence 24-hour hotline (for immediate assistance or information): 044-415-124-6990. Your call is received by trained volunteers and is confidential.


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