Deathscapes

Gendered Violence 7e - The Resistance of Mothers and Women

Deathscapes

The Resistance of Mothers and Women

A row of women wear matching, hand painted shirts that read 'Captivity Alliance Freedom' and have crossed arms painted on them. They stand looking towards the camera but with their faces obscured. They cross their arms and raise them above their heads. The foreground shows another pair of crossed fists. The background shows detention centre fences. The ground shows the rocky gravel of the Nauru detention camp. [imagecaption] A row of women wear matching, hand painted shirts that read 'Captivity Alliance Freedom' and have crossed arms painted on them. They stand looking towards the camera but with their faces obscured. They cross their arms and raise them above their heads. The foreground shows another pair of crossed fists. The background shows detention centre fences. The ground shows the rocky gravel of the Nauru detention camp. Protests on Nauru, 2016.A woman holds a piece of paper to the camera which reads 'just nothing' with the words 'nothing' repeated around the page. She wears a t-shirt with the words 'Freedom Let Us Live' painted on them. The frame shows only her shirt, arms and sign.[/imagecaption]

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The resistance in the camps on Nauru has predominantly been led by women and mothers. They have played critical roles in organising protests, speaking to the media and advocating for their rights and the rights of their children. Testimonies from women forcibly held by Australia on Nauru expose the violence they are subjected to on the island and their hopes for their children to have normal lives in a safe environment.


‘I was yearning for justice in a country which claims to uphold women’s rights but all I have experienced is terror and panic. Systemic violence keeps us in Nauru and it seems our pain has become very good business….The government has enough tools to suffocate us. If you would like to support us, please, please take off your hands from our mouth. If Australia would like to support us, please make an opportunity for us to talk to the community.’

Mina Taherkhani, woman previously detained on Nauru



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