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Visual Art exhibition by Ewa’a and ADMAF gives survivors of human trafficking a voice of their own

Silent Voices 2 9th May 2013

Exhibition of Silent Voices Enables Survivors to Express Themselves

Ewa’a Shelters for Women & Children in association with the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) launch the Silent Voices II exhibition at Ghaf Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 12th May. The exhibition, which is open daily from 10am to 9pm and runs until 16th May, showcases pieces created during a six-month arts residency by women residents of Ewa’a Shelters in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, all of whom are victims of human trafficking. Proceeds from the sale of artworks will support Ewa’a.


Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, ADMAF Honourable Patron, this is the second edition of the pioneering partnership project ‘Silent Voices’ which helps strengthen the humanitarian efforts of ADMAF nurture society through the arts. All proceeds from the sale of works will be donated to Ewa’a Shelters.


H.E. Mrs Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, Founder of Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, underlined the importance of the exhibition and the vital work carried out by Ewa’a Shelters. “We are proud to be part of this pioneering initiative with Ewa’a. This unique exhibition epitomises the strength and determination of every survivor. The process of creation and this resulting exhibition signify important milestones on their road to rehabilitation. By enabling them through art to express their fears, frustrations, hopes and dreams, we play a modest role in bringing back their confidence, self-esteem and, above all, dignity.”


Over the last six months, 44 women from three Ewa’a shelters have been working with UAE-based artist Jennifer Simon in a series of workshops to create over 70 works of art that tell their individual stories. 


"These paintings don’t just illustrate the injustice and suffering endured by women cared by Ewa'a but also their hopes and dreams of a better future, giving them an opportunity to heal" said H .E. Mrs Sarah Shuhail, Executive Director of Ewa’a Shelters.


Founded in 2009, the Ewa'a Shelters for Women and Children are located in Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah and has given refuge to 190 women and children, helping them embark upon the road to recovery. The centres offer medical, legal and psychological care to those seeking to escape the brutality of human trafficking in the UAE.


Silent Voices is at Ghaf Art Gallery, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, from Sunday May 12 until Thursday May 16 and opens on May 12 at 7pm. Opening hours are 10 am – 9 pm. Closed on Fridays.