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A Frida mural to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

19 November 2021

The new mural by the Italian collective We Run the Streets is dedicated to Frida emerging from a background of rainbow flowers, represented in Buccinasco, a metropolitean area of Milan, Italy.

According to Lorenzo Ciociola, president of Retake Buccinasco, "Beautifying the walls not only makes them less subject to vandalism and decay, but transforms them into works capable of telling stories and representing symbols of value". The mural will be inaugurated on the occasion of the "International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women" before a procession of 102 women, dressed in black, in memory of the victims of femicide scheduled for Sunday 21 November. Yes, because 102 women have been killed between 25 November 2020 and today in Italy. "During the procession - declares Grazia Campese, councilor for Equal Opportunities - each of us will carry a red stone and read the name and date of death of the woman she will represent”.

“Frida, example of independence and freedom, was against the models that stuck women in a  few predefined roles, in fixed codes of conduct of hers and even of our time. Frida has been able to build an identity that has gradually become a symbol of courage for minorities of gender, ethnic or sexual orientation, without ever bowing to the norms of society, and this makes her an independent woman. This is a very powerful message, which every little girl and woman should remember whenever she believes she has to change herself to please others. For this reason, in Buccinasco we are proud that the artists of We Run The Streets with the Retake Buccinasco association also wanted to include the mural dedicated to Frida Kahlo in the 'Color neighborhoods' project sponsored and financed by our municipal administration".