From a rape survivor:
There is an International Women's Conference coming up this November, which will be an opportunity to listen to and discuss with other sisters, our stories and strategies for fighting back against capitalist patriarchy the world over. The conference is called Caring, Survival & Justice vs the Tyranny of the Market, and will be on 14th & 15th of November.
I am a sister who was raped and have been working with Women Against Rape, at the Crossroads Women's Centre in Kentish Town, where a number of people have been organising this conference. The people I have met there have provided me with the refuge, support and advice that I was not able to find elsewhere. My story is not uncommon at all, and yet it is still taboo to talk about, with justice sadly something that feels just doesn't exist for women. Not here, and not anywhere.
Fewer services for women are a violent act on society.
Crossroads is the base for the GlobalWomen's Strike, a collective of grassroots organisers, women, non-binary people and men, who demand a voice and solidarity with and for all workers. As we know, a majority of the world’s hardest working people are unwaged and waged women, mothers and domestic workers who are suffering as a result of the pressures of unjust and inhumane capitalist policies everywhere.
Together with our multiple organisational strategies, stories of care, survival and justice, we can only become stronger and more able to resist those who oppress us.
Just some of the speakers who have been working directly in struggle against domestic violence and rape internationally are:
Manju Gardia from Chhattisgarh, India - (NCMS) is a self-help organization active in 400 villages. It has brought together Dalit and Tribal (Indigenous) women for the first time, overcoming years of divisions. Rachel West, from the US Prostitutes Collective, working to end criminalisation of sexwork, and Margaret Prescod – from the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders & Global Women's Strike. We will also hear about organising sexual violence from domestic workers in Peru and activists in Haiti, plus many more.
I will be attending to be inspired and strengthened and hope that many more do too.
(book a space at the conference here)