International Women's Day 2023
Rigoberta Menchú Tum (2023)
“Peace cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and peoples."
Rigoberta Menchú Tum
For International Women’s Day 2023, I painted a portrait of Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a K'iche' Guatemalan activist, feminist, and 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, to pay tribute to her lifelong advocacy for Indigenous peoples, women’s, and human rights globally. The courage she has displayed throughout her life is beyond inspiring and her story is one everyone should know. To learn more about her life and advocacy, make sure to watch the video on the right!
Rigoberta Menchú embodies the purpose of IWD and Women’s History Month, showing us first-hand the power of resilience and firm belief in a brighter future, saying, “What I treasure most in life is being able to dream. During my most difficult moments and complex situations I have been able to dream of a more beautiful future.”
In recognition of Rigoberta Menchú’s ongoing work and activism, let’s all continue to dream and create a better world for all identities, peoples, and cultures.
The eBay auction for the portrait of Rigoberta Menchú is live now. It will end on March 17, so don’t forget to bid!
100% of the funds from this auction, excluding shipping and auction costs, will go towards the International Rescue Committee's earthquake relief efforts in Türkiye and Syria to provide the families there with emergency services and to support refugee families in countries around the world. In addition to the money raised for IRC through the official IWD portrait auction, I'm donating the proceeds from another art commission to the Navajo Nation Math Circle as a part of their Indigenous Outreach Fund, since my own math circle played a huge role in fostering my love for math.
Aside from the auction, you can also donate through shopping for prints, canvases, masks, and other products featuring my portrait below!