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Orders: A social justice blackout poem from page 4 of The Matrix Screenplay

According to the National Statistics Domestic Violence Fact Sheet: "1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc."

In my article "Illuminating Peace and Justice through Film", I mention Nicole Watson, an actress and the director behind the short documentary titled “Sustainable Futures – Survivor Girls”. Nicole's motivation for making the documentary was to “bring attention to the issue of trafficking children in India as well as the unseen benefits of renewable energy on shelters like the one featured in the film.”

This fourth blackout poem "orders" is my attempt to increase awareness of the scourge of gender-based violence. I think it is fitting that the page from which this blackout poem was created largely describes a woman being a badass. The page ends with: "Trinity is the only one standing." This blackout poem shows the flipside of the story, that for every Trinity, there are many more women who need us - both men and women - to stand up for and with them.


"With over 40% of women in Kenya likely to face physical and or SGBV including lifetime physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime, and over one in five girls facing child marriage or Female Genital Mutilation, Kenya has a long way to go." - Kenya Just Committed To Ending Gender Based Violence In Five Years. Here’s How They Plan To Do It

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The Matrix Blackout Poems
The Matrix Blackout Poems

Blackout poems created from The Matrix screenplay.

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