What a compelling event to be a part of, the 2014 Women Scream International Poetry Festival. Such vibrant literature, expressed tenderly, via poetic structure, was the voice of reason for women and children whose lives have been dominated and exposed to domestic violence and violent crimes. Scream 2014 was brought to Sydney by the impassioned and diligent Journalist Saba Vasefi. Saba Vasefi, an Iranian documentary filmmaker, poet and activist authoriezed by Women Poets International Movement located at the Dominican Republic, coordinated an event that belonged to the long worldwide chain of over a hundred events in 37 countries. You won’t meet a women like Saba, astonishingly galvanized, in creating awareness and committed to creating a channel for women globally to feel safe to voice their experiences, most in society would view unthinkable. Domestic violence is a very current and debatable issue, divulging across the world, which will continue, as long as the women and children exposed to this abhorrent behaviour are shunned upon by society, both directly and indirectly, leaving them no alternative other than to suppress in their darkest hour. Please know, I speak from sensibility in which I learned abuse to its cruelest intention throughout my life.
Although I attended as a guest, this time, my presence and support was 110%, amongst the crowd was Green’s Senator, Lee Rhiannon; who (quoted by Michelle Cahill in her blog) spoke of how violence is a reality for many women in Australia, “Indigenous women working to end more than two centuries of abuse; refugee women escaping from trauma, war and often torture; victims of domestic violence; women and girls exposed to sexual assault and rape.” She reminded us that 30% of women who suffer from domestic violence leave their place of employment. But these figures only reflect the cases reported: what of those effaced by society and our legal system?