Viva Vittoria: knitting against violence
Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation and a public health epidemic. It occurs daily across the world and is widely underreported. Globally, an estimated 736 million women aged 15 and older have been subjected to some sort of physical, sexual or psychological violence at least once in their life. That's almost 1 in 3 of us.
Thanks to the generosity of knitters from all social and cultural backgrounds, since 2015 Viva Vittoria has been covering Italy's most beautiful piazzas with thousands of colourful knitted and crocheted squares, all sewn together with a red thread symbolising unity. The objective of this project is to fight gender-based violence and to support the social reintegration of female victims of violence.
The blankets are sold for a suggested donation of €20, which will fund the work of local charities. It's a vibrant and joyous installation, my piazza never looked so alive. In Bologna's Piazza Maggiore today and tomorrow, go get yourself (or the cat) a lovely blankie.
View over the 'crescentone' in Bologna's Piazza Maggiore today
Hector, the end user.