Speak My Name Project
Women, children and men are killed through interpersonal violence at alarming rates around the world. In one year over 1,100 women were murdered by boyfriends and spouses in the US (FBI 2002 Supplementary Homicide Report). Every year in Bangalore roughly 1200 women die of dowry-related deaths. And in Canada both spousal assault and spousal homicide rates are higher for Aboriginal women than for non-Aboriginal women, with spousal homicide rates of Aboriginal women eight times higher than those of non-Aboriginal women.
One day, as a junior at the University of Oregon, I picked up a flyer with details about the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) bracelet created by a young woman, Carol Bates Brown, founder of the POW/MIA Bracelet Campaign for Voices In Vital America (VIVA), a student organization. The MIA bracelets were engraved with the name, rank, service, and loss date of an American prisoner or those missing in the war in Southeast Asia. MIA bracelets were distributed to draw public attention to those who were suffering and to help end the U.S. war in Vietnam. I sent in my money and a bracelet arrived with the name Smith, Bud CAPT - 1-8-68. I wore it everyday until the end of the war to remind me that Bud Smith was a real person, missing in action, forever frozen in time. Lost, but not forgotten. By the end of the war in 1976 nearly five million bracelets were sold and a campaign with untold millions of bumper stickers, buttons, brochures, matchbooks, newspaper ads, etc., drew attention to the missing men. In 1976, VIVA closed its doors. - Cheyla
One in Three Women™ © created Speak My Name Memorial Charms in much the same way: to draw public attention to those suffering in a war of violence and to honor women and children who have been killed. Our intention in memorializing the names of thousands of women who have been murdered is to respectfully remember them, speak their names, tell their story, and keep their names alive: to honor them. Every person has a story to tell and although we may not know them personally or the details of their death, we know the story of their life ended violently.
Speak My Name Memorial Charms honor women like Crystal Brame who was shot on April 26, 2003 by her estranged husband David Brame, Tacoma, WA Chief of Police, in a parking lot as their children sat in a nearby car. And 26 year old Akayla Cuffee who, two weeks after giving birth, was found dead January 15, 2007, in the apartment she shared with her boyfriend.
Every name is connected to acts of intimate partner violence, gender-based violence, domestic violence, interpersonal violence or violence by men against women and children.
More 1 in 3 Speak My Name Charms… We also have a selection of smaller campaign charms. Worn alone or added to a chain these charms have beautifully encased messages and One in Three Women™ graphics.
To display and to wear, charms can be used as a pendant, ornament, or embellishment. Memorial and 1 in 3 Speak My Name Charms are another way you can identify as someone working to end violence against women.
Artistically hand-designed collage charms are enclosed in glass, reversible with both sides finished, soldered with lead-free quality silver metal and a sterling-silver jump ring.
About the Art:
Collage art honoring the name of a woman or child. Reverse side displays a One in Three Women™ © campaign graphic design.
About the Names:
Names are being sought from around the globe. One in Three Women™ © Speak My Name Charms currently name women and children from US, Canada and South Africa. Whenever possible we will include information about them.
One in Three Women™ © Speak My Name Charms come in diverse languages; currently available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Kikuyu.
Speak My Name Memorial Charms are available by commission; provide a specific name to honor, a specific language to use, agency graphics, or other information to influence your collage. Please write names exactly as you would like them to appear on your charm and allow extra time to create your high quality item. Additional charge of $5.00.
|1 in 3 “SPEAK” Stix: ½“x 1 5/8“
|1 in 3 “SPEAK” Square: 1“x 1“
|Memorial Charm: 1 ½” x 1 ½”
|Memorial Charm: 1” x 2”
As a handmade item we cannot offer wholesale pricing similar to our wristbands and dog tags. We offer discounts on large orders: packs of 10, 25, and 50 charms, 10%, 15%, 20% respectively.
US shipping rates: 1 pendant......$1.00, 2 pendants.....$1.25, continue to add $.25 for each additional pendant, 10 pendants....$3.25. Most orders shipped 2-3 weeks after order is processed.
Please contact us about larger orders, custom orders, and international shipping rates.
One in Three Women™
456 Wheeler, Seattle, WA 98109