Artists and human rights activists from Norway, The United States and Mexico have set up a small-scale sewing studio in a safe part of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, where local women coming from vulnerable and marginalized areas in Cd Juárez produce handmade, one-of-a-kind garments. The garments come with a storytag and a protest badge and can be worn as a protest against the abuse of women worldwide.
Cd. Juarez, Mexico, has been known for systematic murders of women. Although the victims come from all levels of society, the majority are women who live in contexts of vulnerability due to their socio-economic condition, race and origin.
We want to raise awareness to the challenges faced in Juárez and connect communities across borders in the fight against the systematic abuse against women. Besides maintaining a sustainable business, our team will educate and teach craftsmanship skills like needlework and design.
We will foster leadership, confidence and hope for women that benefit from the project. We teach our participants all skills needed to run a business, in addition to all parts of the tailoring and coloring process. This way when leaving the sewing studio our workers will have the skills needed to start their own small business, and can pass on the knowledge to more women in their communinty. This way NI EN MORE can create larger circles of impact.
Our name, NI EN MORE, TAKES ONE word from THE PHRASE "NOT ONE MORE" expressed IN Spanish, Norwegian and English; the THREE countries initiating the project.
We SEEKS TO RE-SIGNIFY THE PROTEST PHRASE "NOT ONE MORE" ASSOCIATED WITH THE MURDERS OF WOMEN IN CD JUAREZ.
NOT ONE MORE WOMAN WITHOUT OPPORTUNITIES
NOT ONE MORE DISCRIMINATED BY HER SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITION, SKIN COLOR, SEXUAL IDENTITY AND ORIGIN
NOT ONE MORE EXPLOITED IN PRECARIOUS JOBS THAT PERPETUATE ECONOMIC VIOLENCE
Not one more woman exposed to violence in juarez or anywhere else
We believe that economic empowerment of women is the first step to give us freedom in decision-making and hereby help us face challenges of abuse and violence.
All profits will be reinvested in the sewing studio and the workers' communities.
Buying NI EN MORE’s unique work will make a marked difference in many lives, especially the women and their families.
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Mixed images / Credit: NI EN MORE /Lise Linnert, Harald Paalgaard, Erick Garcia