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16.01.2020 Europe

Battered faces campaign depicts women leaders as victims of violence

LISTEN JAN 16, 2020

The beaten and disfigured faces of Angela Merkel, Brigitte Macron and Michelle Obama are among several high-profile political figures whose image is being used by an Italian artist to draw attention to the issue of violence against women.

As part of a campaign called "Just Because I am a Woman", portraits of the women, retouched to included cuts and bruises, have been put on display in the streets of Milan.

The images also feature US lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Indian opposition leader Sonia Gandhi and Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi.

Under their bruised faces is the message: “I am a victim of domestic abuse. I am paid less. I've experienced genital mutilation. I do not have the right to dress as I want. I can't decide who I'm going to marry. I was raped.”

The posters say violence against women is a “global problem that affects everyone regardless of race, class or religion”.

Pop artist and activist AleXsandro Palombo, who created the portraits, says he wants to see a "real response from institutions” on the problem of violence against women.

Palombo has run similar campaigns in the past featuring battered celebrities.

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