The house that tells stories about violence against children – call for action through art
TBILISI, 16 December 2013 - The art installation "The house that tells stories about violence against children" was organized on December 16 as part of the campaign to ‘End Violence Against Children’. The street art installation was set up for one day near the central metro station in Tbilisi and was organized by UNICEF in Georgia with the support of USAID.
UNICEF Georgia / 2013
The main idea of the installation was to make invisible visible, to sensitize people about hidden violence that often happens in families and to urge ordinary citizens to speak out more forcefully to fight violence against children and to react when they witness it.
The house with lit windows and different scenes of violence as in a powerful video narrated by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson depicts invisible violence. For example, one window shows a broken doll, another one a normal family room where violence can also happen, another one a broken bicycle or a broken glass. There is a headphone next to each window with sounds related to this particular scene of violence. The sound ends with a message to make invisible visible and to act when one sees the violence by calling the hotline.
Other activities of the campaign include PSAs, video discussions on the violence against children issues, meetings with journalists and bloggers, and media campaign.
The campaign was kicked off after launching the UNICEF commissioned study about violence against children in Georgia in October which revealed that 45 per cent of Georgians consider the use of physical violence against children as acceptable and 60 per cent of the population in Georgia believe that harsh parenting is more effective than non-violent parenting methods. Most of the people also think that a family’s internal affairs are its own business, and should not be interfered with by others.
The study on Violence against Children in Georgia was conducted in 2012 with the support of USAID.
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