According to the World Health Organization, 35 percent of women have experienced a form of violence in their lifetime. In other words, women's basic right to safety — among other rights like education and representation in positions of power — fall short.
Because of this, and in honor of International Women's Day, artist aleXsandro Palombo wanted to give these women a voice. His work often centers around human rights and social issues. This project, the #BriefMessage campaign, is no different.
He asked women on his social platforms to write an empowering message against violence against women and compiled his favorites in a photo series. Some of the contributors, he told A+, have been victims themselves.
"Women were often/are still seen as an object, especially sexual object," he said. "Their messages are smart, powerful and ironic."
See for yourself. It's pretty "brief."
Photos courtesy of Alexsandro Palambo.