Desconocida Unknown Ukjent

At our meeting on 11th April 2012, Sue Walton launched our new practical International Project Desconocida Unknown Ukjent. She played a portion of a documentary which gave information on the disappearance of women and girls from Cuidad Juarez which is close to the border and used for trafficking and drug transportation.
We then collected a needle, silk thread and two name tags to stitch. One for a named Mexican known to have disappeared and one unidentified “unknown”.
Desconocida Unknown Ukjent is an ongoing community art project, using embroidery as a tool to protest and show solidarity with women´s fight against abuse, femicides and human trafficking. The project was initiated in 2006 in response to the critical situation in Ciudad Juarez, a city on the border of USA and Mexico where 800 women since 1993 are known to have been brutally murdered and hundreds have disappeared, suspected kidnapped to trafficking. None of the crimes have been solved and the Mexican Government remains passive, often hindering the process of justice.

On Tuesday 12 February 2013, Sue Walton and Anne Hudson met 24 members of the Crowborough Trefoil Guild and raised awareness of the plight of women in Mexico. As a result, the Trefoil Guild members got busy stitching name tags.
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On July 2nd Sue Walton and Anne Hudson attended a Workshop in London with Lise Bjorn, where participants stitched some more name tags for the Desconocida Unknown Ukjent Project. The name tags formed part of an exhibit at In the name of Honour at One Mayfair, London, Sept 19th - Sept 25th, 2013, and then at Remember Them, Victoria Museum and Gallery,  Liverpool,  Sept 27th, 2013 - January 2014.

The pictures below, taken by Anne Hudson on 19th September, show the name tags exhibit at 1 Mayfair.

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This project continues and name tags have been stitched by our Friendship link club, SI Tenby, as well as by other clubs in the South East Region, students at Pestalozzi and girl guides.