“A wife is like a horse; you can ride and beat her”. A local Chinese proverb
Domestic violence erodes the moral and ethical fiber of society at large. Between a quarter and two thirds of women in China are subject to domestic violence in one form or another, according to the Anti-Domestic Violence Network in China. While domestic violence afflicts the whole of society, and can affect any member of a family, it often targets the most vulnerable; women and children.
[Parched homes] is an attempt bring together women experienced by domestic violence, allowing them to share their thoughts, feelings and opinions in the hope their testimony will help raise awareness of this endemic problem.
“Parched Homes”, my multimedia work on domestic violence against women in China is supported by the UNFPA of China. The 16 multimedia short films are going to be uploaded on the UNFPA Youku channel in order to alert the Chinese audience. (Words and Videos by Olga Stefatou)