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Art Exhibit: Justice for the 56 girls of Hogar Seguro, Guatemala


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Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network- BTS invites you to an art exhibit focused on the ongoing struggle for gender justice in Guatemala. Join us in commemorating and demanding justice for the lives of the 41 girls and young women killed in a fire at the state-run centre for children and youth Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción in Guatemala on March 8, 2017.

The tragedy, decried as state feminicide, sparked outrage throughout the country and international solidarity globally, epitomized by the hashtag #NosDuelen56 (we mourn the 56) referencing the 41 victims and 15 survivors of the tragedy. The tragedy occurred on International Women's Day and has become a key case for gender justice in Guatemala, forever changing the meaning of the day in the country.

The art exhibit, which features commemorative portraits contributed by artists from around the world, will travel throughout the Maritimes February and March in lead up to the second anniversary of the tragedy. This will be followed by a speaking tour from March 4-9th with Mayra Jimenez Flores from Ocho Tijax, a collective that has been accompanying families impacted by this tragedy, as well as demanding justice for these killings. They will speak about their important work and provide updates from survivors, as well as the legal cases currently in Guatemalan courts.

The art exhibit will travel throughout the Maritimes to Halifax, Charlottetown and Fredericton. If you'd like to host it in your community, please write to BTS Maritimes Coordinator Stacey Gomez: BTSMaritimesCoordinator@gmail.com

This art exhibit features prints of original portraits in different media, contributed by different artists globally. Each portrait is dedicated to one of the 41 victims who died on March 8, 2017 in a fire at the state-run centre for children and youth Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción in Guatemala. In addition, 15 survivors were also left severely injured. #NosDuelen56, which translates to "we mourn the 56," refers to the 41 victims and 15 survivors. Almost two years later, there is still no justice for this state crime. To find out more about what happened, check out this fact sheet

On FacebookTwitter and Instagram, we are also posting one of the commemorative portraits each day in lead up to the second anniversary of this tragedy. We invite you to follow us and reshare these posts, to amplify calls to remember and demand justice for these girls and young women. 

From March 1-9, we'll host a Maritimes speaking tour with Mayra Jimenez of 8 Tijax, a group doing important work around this case. See below for more info! 

Finally, as a reminder, we also have a postcard and social media campaign calling for greater action on this issue by the Canadian government. For more info, visit us here.