“women don’t bare nor raise children for war”

It is amazing how when you have an idea, life brings to your shore lots of information concerning to this idea…I have been meeting, “out of nowhere”, women who work with displaced women or victims of war…. There are many and different kind of women’s associations throughout the Colombian territory that have a way to work out the pain, the sorrow, and have a broad conscience of historic memory. The hard part to define, is if I should go to different places or if I should just stay with a group of women… But I mostly feel that it should be a moving project. Recently I have made contact with a group of women that have a very interesting project, called The women’s peaceful route, ( this is one of the statements they shout when they march together “women don’t bare nor raise children for war”) they gather to travel thoroughout Colombia giving support to the other women victims of war, and making different symbols to express their thoughts, for example, they literally wash the blood from the colombian flag, because it is all stained with blood (which reminded me of my handkerchief washing the blood away), they protest making conscience about Glyphosate which is the is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds, especially perennials. It is typically sprayed and absorbed through the leaves, injected into the trunk, or applied to the stump of a tree, or broadcast or used in the cut-stump treatment as a forestry herbicide. That is what they used in Plan COlombia which is the Plan USA and Colombia have in order to wipe out Coca plants that are for most of the indegenous groups a sacred plant, the glysophate also contaminates the rest of the vegetation and water…

Now, there a lot of courageous women who have lost their families, but also give support to other women in the same situation, so it would be interesting to maybe work with small groups of women from south, north east and west of Colombia…
About the title I have a to give it a deep thought, because it is something that will come out but I dont know exactly how would I name this project yet…
Can I ask for help with how to make a budget, I have never made one and I would like to know how organize it properly, I feel this project would take a while because embroidering is a slow technique, but also because I think it is important to work with women before embroidering, and consider what should be stitch, what would they stimate that should be never forgotten and how to solve it out.
My intention is to open a space of reflection, to give them a chance to express their experience and transform it into something “creative” but also as to make a big embroidery document of historical/ emotional/ memory of their traumatic experience and give it a sense from a different perspective.

Embroidered memory.

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