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January 3, 2018 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| FREE
#HealHer is a global action by women who are coming together to break the silence on violence. Meeting in circles around the world, we create rituals dedicated to storytelling, consciousness-raising, empathetic listening, and collective healing.
2017 shifted the narrative on sexual violence. As we enter 2018, join artists, healers, performers, and activists in holding a space where survivors can speak for themselves and commit to the mutual journey of healing.
* Bring a flower or offering for the ceremony. Each attendee will be given a healing charm to take home with them. *
Women who speak about harassment and assault are often shamed, disbelieved, or dismissed. As awareness about violence against women increases through campaigns such as #MeToo, it is time for those who have been silenced to be heard. Heal Her uses the ancient concept of the women’s circle as a platform for participants to share survival stories, coping strategies, and experiences related to gender-based violence and trauma. Known as talking circles, healing circles, or moon circles, the ritual of meeting in circles is rooted in indigenous practices that many communities still engage in today. By coming together through storytelling, music, dance, and ritual, circles promote group cohesion, facilitate interpersonal communication, and provide spiritual guidance.
Heal Her launches in 2018 with events in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Boston, San Francisco, London, Paris, Baltimore, and Utrecht. To bring Heal Her to your community, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Collected stories and contributions will be turned into an interactive installation and website. #HealHer is a collaboration between Lena Chen and Annique Delphine, organizers, community groups, activists, and survivors worldwide.
The project has been made possible with funding from DAZA Filmes, a women-led production company founded in 2010 by Leandra Leal, Carol Benjamin, and Rita Toledo in Brazil. Their feature-length documentary As Mil Mulheres / A Thousand Women will show the behind-the-scenes development of Heal Her.
(Cover image by Annique Delphine)