YWCA Announces Display of Red Dresses by Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Movement

The exhibit is a visual representation of missing and murdered women; red robes hang outside with educational signs to provide information, display statistics and access resources about this important movement.
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – YWCA Lower Cape Fear and its Advocacy and Racial Justice Committee announces the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Movement (MMIW) Red Dress Exhibit to be held April 28-May 31 at various locations in the four counties. — Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender.

“The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Red Dress Exhibit elevates the voices of Indigenous victims and families, to help raise awareness of an otherwise invisible issue,” said Ashley Lomboy (Waccamaw Siouan), Board of administration, Lower Caper Fear YWCA.

“The red dresses create pause and spark curiosity across Cape Fear, in the hope that passers-by will stop to learn more about their meaning and how to support others in situations of domestic violence. We connect the community with resources and educate them about a growing epidemic that is having a significant impact on Indigenous women; driven by the misrepresentation and over-sexualization of our people. ”

For its second year, YWCA Lower Cape Fear is partnering with local businesses and organizations to present the MMIW Red Dress Expo, sponsored by the Corning Native American Council.

The exhibit is a visual representation of missing and murdered women; red robes hang outside with educational signs to provide information, display statistics and access resources about this important movement.

The YWCA seeks to increase its partners to continue to raise awareness of MMIW and the efforts of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women NC as well as the many advocates who work year round for this movement.

If any organization would like to participate in the MMIW Red Dress Exhibition, please fill out this form before April 22, 2022.

Dresses and teaching materials must be picked up between April 25 and 28.

The exhibition is to be in place from April 29, 2022 to May 31, 2022.

For more on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, please see YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s Talk On Race: MMIWG: https://youtu.be/NaAdRqvdVPs.