Afraid of Women (2016)

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Afraid Of Women' is an audio-visual cut-up produced by Olivia Louvel using sampled sounds and re-fragmented images sourced from the internet. It is an attempt to highlight the formidable solidarity and courage of these women fighting on the front line against IS / Daesh. "When they hear female voices, they get very scared. They're afraid of us, afraid of women." There are over 7000 women fighters on the border of Northern Syria. These women are collectively known as the YPJ or the Women's Protection Unit, an all-women unit. To build a new society in Rojava, they are forced to defend themselves.

Credits: Audio-visual refragmented by Olivia Louvel + Mastered by AGF.

female:pressure launched an awareness and solidarity campaign for the canton of #Rojava (located in northern Syria), where women participate on all levels of decision making and building a new society from scratch, with built-in social, racial and ethnic justice, religious freedom, ecological principles and gender equality. About our campaign

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‘Sampling Stories Vol. 14: Olivia Louvel’, Hannes Liechti, Norient, [online], 10 February 2018,

’Is the Islamic State ‘Afraid of Women’?’, Electronic Beats, [online], 20 February 2016,…