The Grantidote centres women - their lives, their faces and places, their enormous impact on the world and their stories, as seen by those who live with them or remember them.
The Grantidote is an intervention to what passes for normal and welcomes contributions about every kind of woman, whether or not she had children or grandchildren.
By acknowledging women's importance, I believe we make women safer. Because centring men has become the default thing our society does when it looks for human achievement, we’re quick to recognise the brilliance of men and boys. By the same token, we’re also primed to not afford the same depth of celebration or pause for thought about the impact of women and girls.
There isn’t a tenuous link between this societal status quo and the fact that women are less safe on our streets, in workplaces and in their homes. Instead, there’s a link as robust and inconspicuous as the Eiffel Tower. At it's most basic, the world's a safer place for men than women. Unsurprisingly, the UN nutshells it better than me;
'In all societies, to varying degrees, women and girls are subjected to physical, sexual and psychological abuse that cuts across lines of income, class and culture. Such violence is recognised as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women, reflecting the pervasive imbalance of power between women and men.'
I believe we need to challenge the status quo by promoting women's experiences in how we collaboratively organise and inspire ourselves.
The Grantidote is common ground to rest awhile, recharge and reflect in.
Hearing other women's stories reinforces to everyone that living a life that matters does actually matter.
Now. Which woman's story will you tell?