Widowsweave is an awareness raising series of performances highlighting the conditions of Iraqi Widows who often struggle to acquire even basic necessities such as clean water or adequate shelter. Through artistic durational activities the artist and public participants mark 3,000,000 lines representing the number of Iraqi widows from 30 years of war, tyranny and sanctions.


Kevin Valentine will have three new pieces in the Faculty Show at North Central College, Naperville. The reception is April 8th, from 6-8

Friday, September 4, 2009

Widows Empowerment Project

It's disheartening how hard it is to locate any charitable organization actually working with the issue of Widows in Iraq.  I may have finally found a match in the Iraq Foundation's Widows Empowerment Project which trains widows in vocational skills, such as sowing, and educates them as to their rights under Iraqi and international law.  This is the most promising project I've seen to date - even if it has only touched a few hundred women to date, in a couple of cities.  Wonderful work.

On the other hand, Sourcewatch lists the Iraq Foundation as a Neo-liberal group founded by bankers to help make post-(2003)war Iraq look better-off and grateful to the US for its intervention.

So, great work, but much political baggage.  I wonder what educating them as to their rights really means?

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