May 10, 2021

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Henny Beaumont: Drawing Female Victims of Violence

Painter and political cartoonist Henny Beaumont paints portraits of women who died in violent circumstances in the past year.

The idea came to her after she heard Jesse Phillips, Labor’s shadow domestic violence minister, read the names of 118 women and girls who have been murdered in the UK since International Women’s Day 2020, in which a man has been accused or convicted as the primary perpetrator.

Between 2009 and 2018, 1,425 women were murdered by men in the United Kingdom, according to the Femicide Census.

Beaumont hopes the images will help push the focus away from the women’s deaths and serve as a permanent memorial, something their families can cherish.

Video produced by Paul Murphy Casse and Sonya Jessup

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