10,000 women are currently held in Mexican prisons, usually because they are too poor to afford bail and therefore haven't even been sentenced. Many have turned to a life of crime due to the unescapable poverty that so much of the country faces.
Unfortunately, there are no support networks or tools in place to help these women readjust to society once they are released from prison. With a criminal record, these women will struggle to find employment and likely fall back into the poverty, violence and unstable living conditions that resulted in their imprisonment in the first instance.
Thankfully Mexican charity 'Pro Mujeres Cautivas' believe in supporting women regardless of their past. The organisation seeks to provide the necessary training opportunities so that these women can be productive, useful to society and live a more fulfilled life.
To help raise money for Pro Mujeres Cautivas, Astro partner and Mexico City based lighting specialist Diez Company are holding a charity fundraiser 'Lights for Freedom'. Astro has donated a number of our best-selling 'Eclipse' wall lights to twenty artists who will use the lights as a blank canvas to create a piece of art based on the concept of freedom. The art will be auctioned on the 4th October with all proceeds raised going towards the amazing work of Pro Mujeres Cautivas.
Astro are thrilled to be part of such a fantastic, worthwhile event that will improve the lives of so many women and families across Mexico. We are looking forward to seeing how the artists incorporate our Eclipse wall lights as part of their art and convey the idea of freedom.