Auli’i Cravalho recently used her platform to raise awareness on a very important issue: missing Indigenous women and girls.
While at the premiere of Prime Video’s show “The Power” on March 23rd, Cravalho had a red handprint painted over her mouth. She seemingly accomplished this look using red lipstick. The handprint covered the entire lower half of her face.
During the red carpet interview, the “Moana” voice actor told Good Morning America that she was representing No More Stolen Sisters. “It is about missing and murdered Indigenous women,” Cravalho clarified.
Cravalho was intentional about her activism
Born in Kohala, Hawai’i, Cravalho was seemingly inspired by the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement, which is backed by Native Hope. On their website, it reads that the red hand over her mouth symbolizes all the missing sisters whose voices are not heard. They also state that it stands for the silence of the media and law enforcement and the oppression and subjugation of Native women.
Missing Native women are underreported. In 2016, for instance, the National Crime Information Center reported 5,712 missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls. Yet, according to Native Hope, the U.S. Department of Justice’s federal missing person database, NamUs, only reported 116 cases.
In the same red carpet interview, she doubled down on her concern. “It is incredibly frustrating that there are not enough cases that are actually followed up with, and it points to police and how they are not using their funds correctly.”
Though her main focus was to shine a light on “The Power,” a show adapted from Naomi Alderman’s novel that follows a group of teenage girls, Cravalho understands the power of her platform.
Let’s hope people are paying attention to the actress’ activism because these women and girls can’t be forgotten.
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