Here's a legend about butterflies: They are silenced. But if you gently capture a butterfly, whisper a wish to it and then let it go, your wish will come true.
Butterfly is a newly formed Asian and migrant sex workers network. In organizing the Migrant Sex Workers' Justice Forum to be held on May 12, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, we are creating an art installation where we share a collection of stories of migrant sex workers.
Each butterfly, drawn by Toronto-based artist Sarah Mangle and coloured by participants (including you!), represents the voice of a migrant sex worker. Altogether we see a community of migrant sex workers speaking for themselves.
We invite self-identified migrant sex workers to participate in the Butterfly Voices project where we collect voices of migrant sex workers, who are often silenced because of the lack of understanding, systemic oppression, and stigma in society.
There are many myths and folklore about butterflies in different traditions and cultures all over the world. All of which speak to transformation. Some talk about butterflies’ migration out of survival.
We invite youto answer the following questions based on the myth that butterflies make dreams come true:
1) What wishes would you whisper to a butterfly to make them come true?
2) What is empowering about being a migrant sex worker? How does sex work helpyou achieve your dream?
3) How do migrant sex workers contribute to the society, clients, and your community?
Your voices will be published anonymously for Butterfly’s future projects and publications.
Thank you for participating in this project!
For enquiry and submission, please email to:[email protected] or call +1 (416) 906-3098
Submission Deadline: 7 May 2015
For more about Butterfly, please visit http://www.butterflysw.org/
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