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Finding your voice can start with a simple drawing.  In Singapore, 1 in 10 women have suffered physical violence, harassment, or abuse from a male in their lifetime. However, most women like Wei Ling* suffer in silence, given a prevalent culture of victim-blaming and other stigmas. An overwhelming majority of sexual harassment and domestic violence cases go unreported.

For someone like Wei Ling, who had suffered both physically and emotionally under her abusive husband, it had always been easier to keep silent rather than face public shame over her situation. “You didn’t want to let others know what you were going through. People would always think it’s your fault and ask if you had done something to provoke the violence. But really, it’s not your fault.” She eventually escaped to a shelter with her child, where she found comfort in arts therapy, helping her express the anxiety, frustration, fear, and shame she had felt.

“I want women to know that in each one of us lies the strength, courage, and determination to survive. I want every woman to know this.”

SHE IS MORE is committed to celebrating the courage of women who are taking control of their lives to build a better future for themselves and their families. Through the proceeds of SHE IS MORE 2019, we are empowering women through art therapy to rehabilitate themselves after suffering from abuse, anxiety, grief, and depression, and enable them to heal and restore their sense of well-being through the creative arts. Together, we can give women like Wei Ling the courage to find her voice.

Support SHE IS MORE through donating to the program, or join our early coalition of supporters to make SHE IS MORE 2020 happen! #SheIsCourage

*Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

Voices from the Youth

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