PROOF is proud to announce the culmination of a three-year-long project that documents stories of sexual violence in India. Last month's opening in Delhi drew attention to the newest of PROOF’s photo exhibits, Unearthed: Stories of Courage in the Face of Sexual Violence.
The exhibit, which incorporates the oral testimonies and photographs of survivors of sexual assault as well as their places of rape, is designed to raise public awareness of rape prevention and the need for laws that will lead to the swift, just, and humane prosecution of perpetrators. Unearthed captures the strength and resilience of survivors and includes the voices of "upstanders" – those who have stood up against the injustice in their communities and spoken out.
On December 16, 2015, PROOF's Executive Director, Leora Kahn, arrived in Delhi to open the exhibit. The opening was attended by our partners, the Centre for Social Research and the National Foundation for India, local agencies working to eliminate gender-based violence, Upstanders, and the families of those affected by sexual violence, including the father of Jyoti Singh Pandey who attended in memory of his daughter's brutal rape and murder which launched mass protests across India in 2012.
The exhibit is an expansion of PROOF’s The Legacy of Rape project, which depicts stories of sexual violence from around the world. Throughout 2016, Unearthed will tour across India to promote and inspire positive change for women and educate a new generation of Upstanders working to eliminate gender-based violence.