Photos Of BSA #14: Women and Children First

Happy Holidays! We’re celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next by thanking BSA readers, friends, and family for all of your support in 2022. We have selected some of our favorite shots by our Editor of Photography, Jaime Rojo, and we’re sharing a new one every day to celebrate all our good times together, our hope for the future, and our love for the street.

“Women and children first” is an axiom used to infer we are chivalrous, caring, and considerate. When disaster strikes, as in a capsizing ship, we imagine men helping women and children to the available lifeboats.

When we look at the disbelief and despair depicted in this mural by Berlin’s DEVITA, we think of the fact that, with little exception, in actual terms, women and children are usually the first to suffer in man-made and natural disasters and that suffering is profound and systemic.

This spring, a series of murals made for the “Equality Jam” in a Berlin park impressed us and we think of them as we end the year. Organized by Emily Strange 202 and Graffiti Lobby Berlin, the 30 or so murals employed many styles of painting to illustrate how very far away we are in terms of human rights and gender equality in global societies.

Let’s recommit ourselves to these goals in the new year.

DeVita. Berlin, Germany. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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