Last year, artist Clara Aden won an award for her drawing titled Violate (above). Many viewers continue to identify with this artwork. This week we tweeted a photo of the drawing to our Twitter followers on our Portraits Africa Twitter account and 25 followers re-tweeted the image.

This work won the Global Network for Rights and Development first international art prize, aimed at promoting fundamental rights. In an artist statement accompanying her submission, Ms. Aden said, “Freedom of expression means breaking the chains of silence. Say what you believe is right without fearing.” Aden received a cash prize of USD $400 for her winning entry, one of 16 shortlisted works that were exhibited at the event. For full details of the competition, and of the shortlisted artists, see the GNRD website: http://gnrd.net/seemore.php?id=1654#sthash.4EZKBsqk.dpuf. Violate is 29 cm x 42 cm © 2015 Clara Aden.

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