Flash Fiction #002: The Solidarity Brooch

The Solidarity Brooch by Catherine Cartwright

She shows me her brooch, made of South African seed beads, strung with fine threads. It is an international symbol for ‘end violence against women’, which invites conversations, like an open door. A sign of solidarity — white hand, red background — white for peace, and purity, red for anger and blood. We speak of the unspeakable in the holding space it creates, where hands can be grasped in empathy, not gripped in fear. The hand on the brooch is held out to perpetrators — it commands stop, don’t do that. No. When it speaks we must listen to her.