On Monday 25 November the chessboard at the Faculty of Science looked different than normal. No runner, tower or queen, but shoes. The shoes formed an exhibition in the context of the International Day against Violence against Women. The exhibition was organised by the Amnesty International Student Team Amsterdam (AISA) and is one of several activities organised at the UvA during the 16-day Orange the World campaign.
Each pair of shoes symbolizes a woman who was murdered in the past year. The aim of the exhibition was to stimulate discussions with students, to raise awareness and to encourage people to imagine what it is like to be 'in the shoes' of a woman who has undergone (domestic) violence.
Nina Reis, one of the AISA members who provided information on the spot, was satisfied with the result of the exhibition: 'Science students are initially somewhat cautious, but there is plenty of attention and interest. Comments, ideas and experiences are also deposited in the Safety Suggestions box and #Hearmetoo box. '
The exhibition at Science Park is organised with the help of the Chief Diversity Office and Our Bodies Our Voices at the UvA, and is part of several activities that are being held as part of '16 days of action against violence'.
There are lectures, panel discussions and workshops at other UvA locations. 'The Bridge' on Roeterseiland also turned orange at the start of the campaign on Monday. By participating in this international campaign, the UvA wants to show its support in the fight against violence against girls and women.