Roberto Cigna highlights the fact that violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights in his powerful illustration of a woman dwarfed by the size of the man walking behind her.
Cigna points to statistics that show estimates published by the World Health
Organization indicating that roughly 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetimes.
Most of the violence, it appears, relates to intimate partner violence. Globally,
as many as 38% of the murders of women are committed by an intimate male partner.
Men who use violence against women threaten a woman’s freedom, her rights,
even her life, but not her light, according to Cigna, who depicts the woman in his illustration as a source of light amid darkness.