Women of Colour Speak Out for SlutWalk
We are delighted to be joining women, girls and our supporters of all ages and backgrounds at SlutWalk in London, part of global protests against rape and victim-blaming. As we prepare to join, we we’re circulating a response to Black Women’s Blueprint, the US group that discouraged Black women’s participation, though women of colour on every continent joined or organised marches. This Saturday 22 September we aim to bring out our experience fighting rape by landlords, police, soldiers, immigration officials, security guards, clients, employers, boyfriends, partners. We think that thousands of women publicly identifying as “sluts” is a piece of power against rapists and other attackers who use the excuse of what we wear and how we look to dismiss violence against us. We hope to see you there!
Women of Colour @ Global Women Strike UK and US
Visibility of Women of Colour in SlutWalk London
The idea for our meeting grew out of SlutWalk 2011 which some of us took part in. When we heard of SlutWalks happening around the world, in Brazil, Costa Rica, India and Morocco we knew that many women of colour were involved, including immigrant women seeking asylum inthe UK and sex workers. But this was hidden by the media. We intend to be vocal and visible in SlutWalk 2012.
Why should we meet as women of colour?
Because we want to:
• Celebrate our participation in SlutWalk and the work that we have been doing since SlutWalk began.
• Speak out against the racism we and our communities face from the authorities, NGOs … when we try to get protection and justice from sexual and other violence.
• Talk about how poverty and government cuts make us vulnerable to violence. And work with other movements including Occupy and the anti-cuts groups, to show the connections between our issues
• Show SlutWalk is important because victim blaming and slut shaming are not disconnected from sexism and racism. SlutWalk is part of the anti-rape movement and we want to make it part of the anti-racist movement too
We refuse to work in isolation and will continue to:
• Campaign against being silenced and dismissed
Expose how the 1% aim to divide us and prevent the 99% from coming together
SlutWalk is for all - we all belong together, no matter who we are/how we dress/what we do
This event is organised by women of colour but all are welcome.
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SlutWalk London 2012 - Saturday 22nd September 2012, meet 12.30pm at Top of Piccadilly (near Hyde Park Corner).
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