On March 8 2019, Women’s Safety Services SA released their second-ever International Women’s Day poster on the theme of “strength in diversity”. The poster was created by Josie Wilson, a proud Ngarringdjeri woman and emerging artist who was recently supported by one of WSSSA’s regional shelters.
Josie's painting, which forms the stunning central image for the 2019 poster, is a representation of the diverse experiences women may encounter when affected by domestic and family violence. She said, “Women and communities are stronger when we unite … Our differences and our diversities make us stronger”.
The central theme of the poster, “Strength in diversity”, draws directly from the UN Women’s 2019 International Women’s Day theme for Australia – “More Powerful Together”. Josie represents this theme in her work through her considered use of colour, shape and line.
The colours used – purple, green and white – are symbolic of Women’s Safety Services iconic logo while also paying homage to the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia. The green lines represent the many different paths followed by women impacted by violence, which flow into resting spots or campsites depicted as white and green circles. Josie describes the central circles as “reflective of the discussions and conversations with other women … with the larger U shaped symbols denoting elders in the community sharing wisdom and passing this wisdom onto others, including their children”.