Durdana Islam and her painting Breaking Barriers. She spoke of her work and of the importance of ending domestic violence at the opening of the art show on November 19, 2021. Her art was part of an art exhibition at the Mennonite Heritage Gallery in Winnipeg which runs from November 19, 2021 to January 15, 2022. The timing and the place of this exhibition was particularly relevant because Manitoba has consistently had the highest rate of intimate partner violence in Canada. The rate in Manitoba in 2019 was 896 victims per 100,000 citizens, nearly double the Canadian average of 482 per 100,000. The situation in Manitoba must be better addressed than it has been during many years of NDP and Conservative governments in our province.
Thanks are due to Dr. Zita Somakoko and Isabel Cheer who were involved in initiating this effort, and to the Mennonite Heritage Gallery for hosting this art.