Striking new art mural sparks conversation about Violence Against Women and Girls agenda

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A striking new art mural, designed to spark conversations about the Violence Against Women and Girls agenda, has been installed in the city centre this week.

Situated on the wall of the St Anne’s Resource Centre (a day service for individuals who are homeless or vulnerably house) and based on a key gateway into the city centre, the mural has been designed and created by graffiti artist, Harriet Wood, who studied at Leeds Art University and has been recognised as one of the Top 5 female graffiti artists in the UK [The Guardian].

As part of the commissioned collaboration, Harriet worked with and sought inspiration from a number of young women through the Getaway Girls,  an alliance of Women Friendly Leeds, who empower young women to support each other, build confidence and resilience so they can lead safe, healthy and fulfilled lives.  The Getaway Girls were integral to the look and feel that has been created.

Emily Turner, Project Manager at Women’s Lives Leeds, said:

“This vibrant, prominent and powerful mural sends a strong message to communities in our city of Leeds. Together, united, Women Friendly Leeds, our partners and people, want women and girls to ‘Speak Up’ and have their voices heard. Ultimately, we all strive for a city where women and girls feel safe and are safe. We want to thank all involved for their willingness to listen and amplify those voices.”

Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive member for resources with responsibility for Safer Leeds, said:

“I was delighted to unveil this new mural that really draws attention to the issue of violence against women and girls, something that has no place in our city. The mural was designed through consultation with women and girls across Leeds and represents the messages and images they want to be seen.  Raising awareness of the issue, helping people to see that it is ok to speak up, it is ok to challenge is such an important part of our fight against this kind of violence and I am really pleased that we now have such a vibrant and eye-catching piece of art that will make people think and help to drive home the message.  I’d like to thank Harriet and everyone else who has been involved in making this mural a reality.”

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