Clothesline Project 

Domestic violence still remains hidden behind closed doors – it’s time to air our “dirty laundry.” Haven Society and other community organizations have joined together to launch the Clothesline Project to coincide with the International 16-day campaign of activism against gender violence. The campaign and the Clothesline Project, runs from International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25) until Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) and spans significant dates, including the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Dec. 6).

“Part of how its effective is it’s an interactive visual art project,” said Anne Taylor, Haven Society executive director. “Really, our big message is violence silences. Many people who are victimized don’t feel safe to be able to speak up and when they do take that risk to speak up to family, friends or colleagues, sometimes the response they get actually creates more silencing.”

We are making it easier for people in Nanaimo to speak out through this interactive visual art project taking place at designated locations throughout the city.  The project involves hanging sheets, towels, T-shirts and other clothing, bearing messages against violence, on clotheslines to symbolically air the dirty laundry and provoke people into talking openly about gender violence.  

Complete the messages:

  • “Violence is…”
  • “I speak out on violence against women because…”
  • “Violence against women matters because…”

and post your message on an item of clothing on your clothesline, a designated Clothesline Project location or on your  Facebook/social media page – remember to tag Haven Society when you do!!

Facebook: @Haven Society    

Twitter:      @havensociety   #ViolenceSilences #NanaimoSpeaksOut

#ViolenceSilences #NanaimoSpeaksOut will be posted on clotheslines throughout the city. Check out the Clothesline Project at Haven Society’s Community Services Building located at 2270 Labieux Road.  How about organizing your own clothesline and speak up for victims of violence in Nanaimo?

Partner Organizations:

Nanaimo Family Life Association

Nanaimo Women’s Resource Centre

Boys and Girls Club of Vancouver Island

Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre

CFUW Nanaimo

CFUW Parksville Qualicum

VIU – VIUSU Students UnionStatus of Women Faculty Association Committee


Thank you The Show on Shaw TV for having us on your show! Anne, our Executive Director is speaking about our clothesline project at 20:45 in the video!


 For more information please contact us at 250-756-2452