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Winnipeg Its called the Clothesline Project - t-shirts painted by women and children expressing their messages about violence and the need to end it and on Sunday, September 17th it will be at The Forks before moving to the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature.

We need to air our dirty laundry and break the silence about the violence in womens lives, says CUPE Local 2348s Barbara Martin, who works at Klinic Community Health Centre. The Clothesline Project is a way to help people face the brutal reality about violence against women in our communities and start to heal the damage.

As part of the World March of Women activities planned for Sunday, September 17th, the Clothesline Project will be at The Forks from 12 Noon until 2 p.m. The project will then move to the lawn of the Manitoba Legislature after the planned womens march from The Forks to the Legislature. Paints and t-shirts will be available for those who want to add to the ongoing Project.

The t-shirts, which come from all over Manitoba, are testaments to the feelings of the women and children who create them. It allows healing with dignity through artistic expression and community support, says Martin, spokesperson for the Projects planning committee.

More than 35,000 individuals around the world have participated in Clothesline Projects to raise awareness about the impact violence has on women and their families and to promote action to end the violence.

The Manitoba Clothesline Project is supported by: CUPE Manitobas Equal Rights and Opportunities Cte., Klinic Community Health Centre, CUPE Local 2348 Womens Committee, Mb. Fed. of Labour Womens Committee, Osborne House, Cho!ces, Ft. Garry Womens Resource Centre, Womens Health Clinic, World March Community Labour/Outreach Committee, Immigrant Womens Assn. of Manitoba, Pleuri-elle, St. Matthews-Maryland Community Ministry and MFL Occupational Health Centre.

For more information, please contact:
Barbara Martin, CUPE Local 2348,
Klinic Community Health Centre
Phone: (204) 784-4024

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