Israeli SlutWalk women fight sexism


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From the Jerusalem Post in Israel:

Israeli women join ‘Slutwalk’ protest movement

By RUTH EGLASH

03/09/2012 02:15

Less than a year after a group of Canadian women held the Slutwalk protest in response to a policeman’s comment that if women want to avoid being attacked they should not dress like sluts, Israel is poised to follow suit with its first Mitzad Sharmuta (Slutwalk) next week.

“The problem here is that rape is often seen as being the fault of the woman and during court cases or investigations there is always reference to how many partners she might have had in the past or how she was dressed, but that is just not relevant,” Ya’ara Liebermann-Callif, one of the women involved in organizing next Friday’s Slutwalk in Tel Aviv, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview Thursday.

She pointed out that Israeli society is no different in its attitudes towards rape and rape victims than Canada, England, America or any of the other places where similar Slutwalks have been held over the past year.

Israel is a patriarchal society and we are very worried about how women are viewed,” said Liebermann-Callif, a 17- year-old high school student who has actively used Facebook and other social media to attract nationwide attention to the protest that kicks off in Tel Aviv’s Gan Meir at 11 a.m. So far, more than 2,000 people have indicated that they will attend and the initiative has already drawn wide media attention.

Liebermann-Callif said the Tel Aviv protest will be followed by a similar event in Haifa on March 23 and also in Jerusalem sometime in April.

“Women are blamed for all the bad things that happen to them, but no woman asks to be raped or asks for a man to touch her,” she said. “Rape does not happen because someone is behaving in a sexual way, it happens for other reasons completely.”

While the premise of such a protest has most certainly been lauded worldwide as a way for women to speak out against sexual violence – organizers of the original protest said the underlying goal is to redeem the term slut – there has been some debate over using such a derogatory word and over the protest’s crass methods.

In many of the Slutwalks held worldwide women choose to dress provocatively, some wearing only their underwear, to drive home the point that it does not matter what a woman is wearing – she is never asking to be raped or attacked.

Despite the fact that Liebermann-Callif told the Post that women participating in the protest should come dressed however they want, and that women of all ages were invited to join the event, there has already been a local backlash against bringing the global protest to Israel.

Efrat Oren, spokeswoman of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel (ARCCI), said that while the non-profit organization is not involved in organizing the Israeli Slutwalk, it is supportive of the protest’s central message and plans to join next week.

“We have not formulated an opinion on the name or the methods of this protest movement but the idea behind it is very important,” she said.

“It does not matter what women are wearing, they never invite rape on themselves.”

ARCCI, which runs the national hotlines for female and male victims of rape and sexual assault, said it receives more than 40,000 calls each year from women reporting sexual assault.

See also here. And here.

International Slutty Women’s Day: A Story in GIFs: here.

On some Israeli buses, only men sit in the front. With the law on their side, some women are fighting back: here.

Thousand join London ‘Slutwalk’ march for women’s rights: here.

Indonesian SlutWalk


Indonesian SlutWalk protest against rape

From AFP news agency:

Indonesian women don miniskirts in rape protest

Sunday, September 18th, 2011 — 10:23 am

JAKARTA — About 50 women in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, donned miniskirts to protest remarks by the Jakarta city governor who blamed a recent gang rape on the victim’s choice of clothing.

Fauzi Bowo called on women Friday not to wear miniskirts when riding on public transport in the capital after a 27-year-old woman was attacked in a public minivan early this month.

Police failed to catch the rapists, but the woman spotted one of the alleged perpetrators two weeks later as he drove the vehicle.

“We are here to express our anger. Instead of giving heavy punishment to the rapists, the governor blamed it on women’s dress. This is discrimination,” protest coordinator Chika Noya told AFP.

Wearing tank tops and short skirts, the women demonstrated at a main roundabout in the capital, some holding a big banner and posters saying: “Don’t tell us how to dress, tell them not to rape” and “My miniskirt is my right.”

“Rape is a serious crime against humanity,” Noya said, adding that the governor should guarantee women’s safety on public transport.

Protester Dhyta Caturani, dressed in a miniskirt and revealing top, said: “The way women dress is not the cause of sexual violence.”

Governor Bowo apologised on Saturday for his remarks but that failed to convince demonstrators.

Jakarta police recorded an increase in recorded rape cases with 41 for this year up to September in the city of 12 million, compared to 40 during the whole of 2010.

Caturani said the protest was inspired by the “SlutWalk” phenomenon which began in Toronto in April when hundreds of women and men took to the streets to protest a comment made by a police constable that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised.”

See also here. And here.

Miniskirts get Indonesia’s MPs hot under the collar. Government bids to outlaw ‘provocative’ clothes: here.

SlutWalk is primarily a protest movement against victim-blaming, points out Sophie Jones. Feminist critics of the name have got the wrong end of the stick, she argues: here.

SlutWalk Brussels photos: here.

Indian SlutWalk against sexual abuse


This is aniher video from India about the SlutWalk plans for New Delhi.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

‘Slut walk’ protest planned for New Delhi

Wednesday 22 June 2011

The “slut walk” which has made waves around the world since being pioneered in Canada is set to come to India.

Umang Sabarwal, a student at Delhi University, said today that the march aimed to shift blame from the victims to the perpetrators of crimes.

The first such walk took place in Toronto after a police officer advised women to avoid rape by not dressing as “sluts.”

Ms Sabarwal said she hoped the march would “get people thinking about how women’s lives and actions are restricted by the threat of harassment.

“Every time a woman is assaulted people don’t blame the perpetrator – instead women get a lecture about what they’re supposed to wear and where they can and can’t go.”

The march has proved controversial with some women saying the terms “slut walk” and its Hindi translation as “shameless protest” are derogatory.

“A ‘slut walk’ degrades women even if it has shock value,” said author Shobha De.

A recent UN survey found that 85 per cent of women in New Delhi fear sexual harassment every time they leave their homes.

By Anindita Datta Choudhury in India:

The slutwalk will be Indianised, now. The desi version of the walk will now be called ‘SlutWalk 2011 arthart Besharmi Morcha’. Nineteen-year-old Umang Sabharwal, who is organising the walk in Delhi, told Mail Today that the name had been changed to make the SlutWalk-event more inclusive.

“We changed the name after a group meeting. Not all people in Delhi will understand the meaning of ‘slut’. So after a lot of debate and discussion, we have finally zeroed in on Besharmi Morcha. This way, more people in India will understand the real concept,” Sabharwal, a student of Kamla Nehru College, said.

The walk, which was originally scheduled for June 25, has been postponed to the last week of July.

“We are yet to finalise the date and the venue,” Sabharwal said. The organisers are expecting more participation as the colleges will re-open by the end of July.

The Facebook page for the event – SLUT WALK DELHI – will soon be updated with the new name and the exact date of the event. Till now, about 17,000 people have confirmed their participation.

This walk, the organisers hope, can bring about a change in the patriarchal mindset of the people in Delhi.

SlutWalk Cape Town, 20 August 2011: here.

How far has the modern Indian woman come in the struggle for gender equality? Here.

Australia: About 500 people took part in a June 11 march to demand an end to victim blaming in sexual assault. This was followed by a screening of the film War Zone in the Adelaide Activist Centre. About 30 people attended: here.

Men Don’t Recognize ‘Benevolent’ Sexism: Study: here.

USA: ANNA LEKAS MILLER | The FBI is playing a numbers game by crunching rape statistics to shape their reports into what they want them to be, rather than what they actually are: here.