I painted this lady in the Women's Space at the Khora refugee community centre today. It's this one room that women have all to themselves; a safe space, for workshops, taking care of their children, or just a space to feel calm.
Today was also the day of the American presidential inauguration, a moment representing a lot of fear for a lot of us...as women, as "minorities", as migrants, and even fear for the health of our planet.
I just started reading Rebecca Solnit's "Hope in the Dark" which writes about movements throughout history that have created positive change with people power, regardless of the powers in government. That the marginalized many eventually cause change in the centre. That the few dedicated individuals who initially seem outrageous, create the new norm within a generation. (Abolishing slavery, achieving women's rights, equal marriage...)
It seems like we're at this huge crossroads...this new political leader, the refugee crisis, and climate change. I'm scared. So many are scared. But that's the exact reason why we need to keep creating the world that we want, and do nothing else. ☮
I don't want just this one room to be a safe space for women. I want every space to be one. Just as I want every country to be safe for migrants. And every piece of land to be respectfully treated for the health of our Earth. I'm going to try and do it with art. Find your niche! Keep doing it. Live the way you want the world to be.
If you're interested in humanitarian work, I really recommend volunteering for Khora in Athens! It's a lovely place, doing great things.
Love, love and more love