09 May 2013

Visual Art exhibition gives survivors of human trafficking a voice of their own

H.E. Mrs Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, Founder of Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, underlined the importance of the exhibition and the vital work carried out by Ewa?a Shelters. ?We are proud to be part of this pioneering initiative with Ewa?a. This unique exhibition epitomises the strength and determination of every survivor. The process of creation and this resulting exhibition signify important milestones on their road to rehabilitation. By enabling them through art to express their fears, frustrations, hopes and dreams, we play a modest role in bringing back their confidence, self-esteem and, above all, dignity.?
Over the last six months, 44 women from three Ewa?a shelters have been working with UAE-based artist Jennifer Simon in a series of workshops to create over 70 works of art that tell their individual stories. 
“These paintings don?t just illustrate the injustice and suffering endured by women cared by Ewa’a but also their hopes and dreams of a better future, giving them an opportunity to heal” said H .E. Mrs Sarah Shuhail, Executive Director of Ewa?a Shelters.
Founded in 2009, the Ewa’a Shelters for Women and Children are located in Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah and has given refuge to 190 women and children, helping them embark upon the road to recovery. The centres offer medical, legal and psychological care to those seeking to escape the brutality of human trafficking in the UAE.