In support of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25th November), +Collective is organizing “We Want We Do”, a 6-week program with the specific goals of:

  • Raising awareness amongst the general public of the issue of domestic abuse and violence;

  • Equipping participants with concrete information on services provided by public organizations and NGOs aimed to prevent violence on women and support victims;

  • Setting up a space of discussion and reflection about the topic through art, webinars, workshops, and a podcast.


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We Want We Do - program:

"Rajat" workshop

21.10.2020, 10:00 - 15:00

Lapinlahdentie 1, 00180, Helsinki

Therapeutic writing workshop in Finnish, organized by the art therapist Aija Salovaara and Jenni Hurmerinta. The participants will be able to immerse themselves in a safe and gentle atmosphere to address their feelings, memories, and experiences. The created texts are used in the installation Todist-H, project in collaboration with Alessandro Rampazzo and inTracollective in Oodi Central Library.


Shoes painting workshop for the installation "Zapatos Rojos"

22 & 26.10.2020, 17:00 - 20:00
Pengerkatu 6, 00530, Helsinki

“Red Shoes” is a public art installation that took over the world. Its creator is Elina Chauvet, who first started this project at the end of the 90ies when Chauvet’s sister got killed by her husband. In order to recreate the installation, we gathered around 300 pairs of women's shoes, which will be painted in red during these two workshops. The main goal is to open the dialogue about the topic and create a space for collective reflection on the issue of gender-based violence.

Panel discussion: "Getting help: What are the current legislative barriers?"

11.11.2020, 16.30 - 18.00

online (Zoom)

Although domestic violence exists in Finland, the Finnish system lacks clear legislation on the topic. We will analyze the issue, from a legislative but also from a political and institutional point of view.

The speakers are: Maija-Ilona Pekkanen (jurist specialized in domestic violence), Sini Kollan (activist), Zama Ferin (moderator).

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Panel discussion: "Online violence"

20.11.2020, 16.30 - 18.00

online (Zoom)

In this panel discussion, we will investigate the different forms of online violence, its legal implications, what risk groups are more prone to be victims of this crime; ultimately, we will address the topic of online community responsibility and we will discuss the available support services.

The speakers are: Louna Hakkarainen (project manager at Naisten Linja), Chiara Costa-Virtanen (cultural mediator), and Maija-Ilona Pekkanen (jurist specialized in domestic violence), Priyanka Banerjee (moderator).

Installation "Todist-H"

17.-29.11.2020, 10:00 - 20:00

Oodi library, ground floor (close to Kino Regina)

In this installation, +Collective put together 3 extremely valuable projects:

  • "Todist-H", by inTra collective, is the representation of a House, a house as the place where violence is often present. The space you should feel safe in can become a cage it is hard to escape from without help. The installation aims to collect testimonies, thoughts, suggestions, in order to bring attention to a topic it is still taboo for many. 

  • "Love Notes", a photo reportage by Alessandro Rampazzo that narrates the story of Nita, a Finnish woman and mother who, after suffering domestic violence for almost four years, decides to break up and get back hers and her kid's life. Alessandro's "Love Notes" has received the Honourable Mention in the Finnish Press Photo Award 2020 by Kuvajournalistit.

  • "Rajat" is the result of the above-mentioned therapeutic writing workshop held by Aija Salovaara and Jenny Hurmerinta. The anonymous texts are hung by red threads within the wooden structure.


AINO - Showcasing the AI tool for victims of domestic violence

25.11.2020, 11.00 - 11.30

Online (live-stream on PlusCollective Facebook Page)

AINO is a conversational Artificial Intelligence tool for providing psycho-social support and guidance to women victims of intimate partner violence, gender-based violence, and promoting sexual and reproductive health.

Follow the live-streamed presentation to see it in action!

Learn more on the project here.


Live performances & Speeches

25.11.2020, 16.00 - 18.00

Kansalaistori, 00100 Helsinki

Speeches: Marisel Soto Godoy from Monika-Naiset liitto, Jaana Tiiri from Rusetti ry, Cult Cunth, Susanna Viljanmaa from Transfeminiinit ry, Anastasia Trizna.
Live performances:
  • "Kuule minut", by Tanja Kettumäki
  • "Strip tease" (Blanca Varela), by Willka
  • "Tarpeia", by Sonia Taiarol
  • "Nos queremos vivas", by Pewen

Installation "Red Shoes"

25.11.2020, 14.00 - 18.00

Kansalaistori, 00100 Helsinki

Zapatos Rojos, “Red Shoes”. Tribute to all the women and girls victims of femicide and forced disappearance in Mexico and in the world. The red shoes installation’s goal is to symbolically highlight and address amongst the general public gender-based violence. Launched at the end of the 90ies in Ciudad Juárez (Chihuahua, Mexico), it has become over the years a symbol of reflection and a display of the still present violence against women.​

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