For our collaborative #womenmatter
campaign, we've installed @maryfcalvert
'a image in #Ballarat, #Victoria
The caption of Mary's image: #Korea-town, #LosAngeles,
November 24, 2014. Debra Filter joined the US Army in 1978. In those days, the women trained just like the men did. Her drill #sergeants
were #Vietnam #vets
and wanted to make sure all the recruits felt a piece of Vietnam, "a lot of it was a "Full Metal Jacket" experience" she says. Debra and several other women recruits were #raped
at the #party
they were forced to attend upon graduation. "We didn't realize it was for women and a great many of us were going to be raped." "I wanted to make the #military
my career. #Rape
stopped my career, stopped any dreams I ever had." Her PTSD festered and Debra eventually left the military with an honorable discharge. Though educated with a Masters Degree, she has been homeless for 10 years and has battled the Veterans Affairs (VA) for benefits for 30 years. She left Las Vegas when the VA pulled her benefits. Debra thinks it was in #retaliation
for her #homeless
activism. She says the teardrop tattoo under her eye is a symbol of how the VA tried to kill her when they pulled her medical benefits during a dispute. She has been in and out of shelters and now has a housing voucher for a studio apartment in Korea-town in Los Angeles, CA.
The caption of Andrea's image: #Bucharest, #Romania.
February 5, 2015. Ioana, an underage #prostitute,
lives in a small village outside of Bucharest with her mother who helps her prepare for her nights on the streets. Ioana has recently disappeared. Her mother fears she has been #trafficked.
Fueled by #poverty
exacerbated by religious dogma, Romania is loosing a generation of adolescent girls to the slave trade. Though Romania is an #EuropeanUnion
country, it’s economic dire straits rank it as the poorest in the region, creating a scenario where a struggling mother is willing to sell her 14 year old daughter into prostitution just to survive.