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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #235 - Walk-sex night: The street belongs to us also (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:05:43 +0200


Because "the night we like and want to leave in peace," November 22, the collective "equal to equal" Angers Alternative libertarian which is a linchpin - for the first time organized a march non-mixed night against gender and sexual violence. ---- Relying on November 25, International Day against violence against women, the collective "equal to equal" organized a non-mixed night march. "At night we like, we want to go out in peace! "Young, old, from all backgrounds, lesbians, straight, bi and transgender, we were 180 and we walked because the public space remains to be conquered by and for women. We want disappears conviction that our presence we women in the public space at night, is neither legitimate nor accountable and that we can not venture to our peril.

Some findings: 80% of rape victims are women and 98% of sex offenders are men. Every day, about 150 women are raped. Arrested, dévisagées, whistled, denigrated, affected evaluated, women experience daily mundane gender-based violence that are the breeding ground of sexual violence because they décomplexent male domination.

A self-emancipatory work

That is why it was very important for us to organize a women's march. A night march. A self-emancipatory work to remind our legitimacy to be in the public space, when we want, dress the way we want without feeling fear. We refuse to be confined to the private sphere and we refuse to be regarded as bodies available.

"But why not a joint work? " us does one billion times. asked "It's sexist, it's sectarian, not the seller, this is weird" ... What we will not heard about this non-mixed works! In Angers, had never seen it! In Angers can treat a black woman monkey can be denied entry to a gay restaurant, you can say "Hitler may have not killed enough of Roma" , you can see members pray the public square with Catholic fundamentalists against marriage for everyone ... But against Angers, walk among women at night, it does not.

Historically, a single-sex movement refers to the struggle for emancipation of a group dominated es. It is symbolically supported by the oppressed group in the struggle for emancipation.

In terms of gender and sexual violence, since the majority of victims are women and that the overwhelming majority of abusers are men, it makes sense that women themselves struggling for their emancipation. Single-sex work is a political means (not an end in itself). And walking takes place at night because it is often in this context that women are more "fear" of being attacked.

November 22, our procession, entirely female - order service included - walked the streets of Angers. We sang 180 voice "Hymn of women" in the streets of Angers, making shut conversations at sidewalk cafes. We occupied the land, we were visible, we were strong, united, united. We fought together. It was beautiful, moving, strong political moment. And there a few months, "Lady fest" unmixed held in Angers, possibly indicating that this form of claim finds some news?

Gaëlle (AL Angers)
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