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Stillbirth exhibition reveals a devastating loss

Stillbirth is a sensitive topic, and its discussion is avoided. The UK realized it could spread awareness without uttering any tabooed words by hosting a photography exhibition. Each of the seventeen photographs in this exhibit depicted a woman glowing and smiling as she cradled her growing belly. Only the captions reveal that these women have suffered a pain deeper than a photograph can capture. According to BBC News, the UK’s stillbirth rate is higher than that of almost every other high-income country in Europe. Worse yet, the cause of these stillbirths is unknown. The author is clearly moved by the exhibition and the message it spreads, stating that it was “one of the most moving, thought-provoking exhibitions I’ve seen.”

Martinson, Jane. “Stillbirth exhibition reveals a devastating loss.” The Guardian. 7 December 2011. Web. 6 July 2012. <http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/the-womens-blog-with-jane-martinson/2011/dec/08/stillbirth-exhibition-devastating-loss>.

 

Being HIV Positive Individual in Kosovo – Courage to Let Know…

Much of society is prejudiced against those who are HIV positive. These people do not understand the transmission of HIV, and they look down upon victims as careless with their health and as unsafe toward society. A group of young filmmakers seeks to challenge these preconceived biases. Several short films and powerful documentaries were produced in less than 48 hours to be featured at Kosovo’s “Doku Fest.” The films emphasize the necessities of courage and of interacting with an HIV-positive person face-to-face. This article makes the subject of HIV/AIDS relatable to all of its readers, and it opens their minds to embrace a medical and social phenomenon that affects us all.

“Being HIV Positive Individual in Kosovo – Courage to Let Know…” Doku Fest. 8 December 2011. Web. 20 July 2012. <www.dokufest.com/2011/?cid=2,68,279>.

 

Homelessness and the Arts – Using Media to Raise Awareness of Youth Homelessness in the UK

At 16 years old, James McNaughton found himself living on the streets. He felt doomed to a life of poverty, and he felt invisible to the world. After rebuilding his life, McNaughton created the photography campaign “Homelessness and the Arts” – a campaign that seeks to change stereotypes about homeless youth and attract photographers from all echelons and areas of the world. The campaign’s slogan is simple: “Admit I exist.” This slogan rings true with its readers. Author Elizabeth Tornheim feels ashamed as she admits that she passes by homeless people without a second glance, and she calls each of us to look inside and acknowledge our own actions and outlooks.

Tornheim, Elizabeth. “Homelessness and the Arts – Using Media to Raise Awareness of Youth Homelessness in the UK.” Shine Global. 28 November 2011. Web. 1 August 2012. <http://www.shineglobal.org/index.php/homelessness-and-the-arts-using-media-to-raise-awareness-of-youth-homelessness-in-the-uk/>.

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