26th September 2018
Our client Taban Shoresh is one of 25 women who have had small statues made of them, as part of a campaign that aims to double the number of statues of women in England.
Put Her Forward, which aims to recognise living women who have positively impacted the people around them, is a work by the artist collective None Zero One. It was commissioned by Heritage Open Days, which is run by the National Trust. Nominations were gathered from the public, with the 25 figures of women to be unveiled during the weekends of 6-9 and 13-16 September 2018. Each statue is a foot tall.
Taban, a genocide survivor, founded The Lotus Flower, a non-profit organisation that currently works with survivors of conflict in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq. The Lotus Flower strives to give vulnerable girls and women a future, improving their economic, social and cultural chances in life, and has helped over 2,000 women and girls to date.
You can find the full list of women being honoured here https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/news-desk/news/25-remarkable-women-one-extraordinary-festival
The Put Her Forward campaign says: “There are 925 public statues in the UK. 158 of these are women, and of these only 25 are of non-mythical, non-royal women. “There were more statues of people called John. There were more statues of goats. ”