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    'Ônde estão nossos direitos? / Where are our rights?',
by Women of the Movement of People Affected by Dams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Ônde estão nossos direitos? / Where are our rights?', by Women of the Movement of People Affected by Dams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

     

    Title of Textile:Ônde estão nossos direitos? / Where are our rights?
    Maker: Women of the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB)
    Country of Origin: Brazil
    Year Produced: 2013
    Size (cm): 75cm x 79cm
    Materials: Scraps of material sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera
    Description:

    This arpillera, inspired by the question posed in the Chilean arpillera "¿Dónde están?/ Where are they?" prompted 11 women victims of dam construction in various regions of Brazil to question: "Where are our rights?"

    Here we see the Brazilian map encased in a dam with the ensuing denial of rights depicted: loss of land; privatization of the river; increase in violence against women, human trafficking and sex work; and the weakening of community infrastructure due to forced displacement.

    In 2006, Brazil’s Council for Defence of Human Rights (CDDPH) created a special commission to investigate the treatment of the populations affected by dams through seven study cases. In October 2010, the commission concluded that the current methods of dam construction in Brazil have resulted in “recurring human rights' violations, which ultimately worsen already serious existing social inequalities resulting in increased poverty and disintegration of individuals, families and society”. http://www.internationalrivers.org/resources/letter-from-the-alliance-in-defense-of-the-rivers-of-the-amazon-to-president-dilma-3076

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: c/o Esther Alleyne, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady, N. Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh





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