For International Women’s Day 2022, Children in Crossfire have unveiled a new mural in Belfast’s Corporation Street to highlight the injustice women across the world endure. Under the campaign hashtag #BreakTheBias, the mural shows a woman crossing her arms in a globally recognised pose that signifies the campaign’s determination to challenge discrimination and bias.
Bayan Smith, Children in Crossfire’s Public Engagement Officer, who has spearheaded this project, said:
“Through our Public Engagement programme, Children in Crossfire promote the Sustainable Development Goals and campaign for the fairer world that their implementation will produce. Goal 5 focuses on gender equality, and on International Women’s Day we are proud to be challenging the rampant injustice that women the world over endure every day.
“Our mural’s purpose is to draw attention not just to the deep bias women face, but also to the actions we can all take to tackle that systemic inequality. We know that murals, hashtags or social media campaigns will not, in themselves, solve these major problems. However, they can shine a light on them and focus attention on what needs to be done.
“I encourage the people of Belfast to take themselves down to the junction of Corporation Street and Duncrue Street, take selfies at our mural and take to social media to share the message that it is long past time to #BreakTheBias. Beyond that, I urge everyone to read our blog series, that will go live on the 8th of March and can be found at https://www.childrenincrossfire.org/category/international-womens-day/, and to actively join in efforts to make this world a better, fairer place for all.
We want to thank Dean Kane from Visual Waste who’s prodigious skill brought our vision for this mural to life.’’
Richard Moore, Children in Crossfire’s Founder and Executive Director, added:
“This new mural vibrantly challenges us all to recognise the fact of gender discrimination and to do all we can to end it. I am delighted that Children in Crossfire are taking the lead for International Women’s Day by so clearly stating our belief that all injustice and inequality must be tackled. That is central to our mission as a charity working to ensure some of the world’s most vulnerable children and communities have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”
We would like to say a huge thank you to Visual Waste for the creation of this incredible mural.