Monday, 6 February 2023

Textile Details

'Women's Rights are Human Rights', by Women and Women's groups across the island of Ireland. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Women's Rights are Human Rights', by Women and Women's groups across the island of Ireland. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

 

Title of Textile:Women's Rights are Human Rights - Cearta ban, Cearta daonna
Maker: Women and Women's groups across the island of Ireland
Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
Year Produced: 1995
Size (cm): 3.30m x 3.30m including children's panel
Materials: Scraps of material hand, machine sewn and quilted onto a backing fabric
Type of Textile: Quilt
Description:

In February 1995, the Committee on the Administration of Justice's gender equality group (CAJ), met to discuss the production of what was to become the Beijing Quilt. It was agreed that the quilt, to be displayed at the Beijing World Conference on Women, would focus on the theme of Women's Rights are Human Rights.

And so, the final quilt was comprised of 30 panels from a variety of groups (and some individuals) across the island of Ireland: Women's groups, Irish Country Women's Associations, Traveller groups, Women's centres, Youth groups, Resource centres, Prisoner groups, Mother & Toddler groups and Peace groups.

Discrimination and repression of women across many spheres of society, on a global level, coupled with a strong sense of the power of women working in solidarity for a better world, are some of the key themes depicted in the quilt.

Owner: Committee for the Administration of Justice, Belfast
Location: Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh





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