#WDS2014 – Shannon Galpin – power of voice (nonviolence)

Shannon Galpin is an activist who works a lotShannon Galpin in Afghanistan – women rights and nonviolence. She was the national geographic adventure of the year and biked through Afghanistan.  Very emotional story.

The numbers of violence are enormous and the biggest challenge is apathy. The numbers are too big that people don’t act. Eg 237.868 women are raped or sexually assaulted in the US every year. Shannon was one of them.

How can we break the apathy and the silence? Even if we’re feeling overwhelmed, have a voice.

“I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that, then I realized I am somebody.”

Great example is young woman #jadacounterpose – she stood up and spoke.

Other example: Malala got shot in the face for wanting an education (by Taliban). Wakes from coma. Get right back to reading.

In Afghanistan, women can get to jail for trying to escape from an arranged marriage and even if you’re a rape victim (to save the face of the man). These kind of perspectives are totally against our view of the world and it’s very hard to change them. Shannon went to the prisons and collected the stories of these woman. Nobody cared to hear their stories. Voice is healing and cathartic – just listen without judgement or trying to fix the problem.

“I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.” EB White.

It’s very hard to change those BIG issues but use your voice and every step is one step further. Do it in an authentic way. Shannon has been passionate in biking and street-art.

Beware of artists. They mix with all classes of society and are therefore most dangerous.— Queen Victoria

She started an exhibition – cross the line – where real women hold very emotional pictures to avoid apathy. You have to take action (cross the line and take action). And we’ll track the activity and actions of visitors – what are they going to do afterwards.

“Don’t let the voice get chased from your throat, scream it even if you are the only one that will hear.”


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