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FLF Co-chairs Carla and Eli, along with members Mary-Ellen and Leila attended this year’s Slutwalk march in downtown Winnipeg. While the crowd was a little smaller this year (as compared to last), the sentiment remained positive and empowering. A commonly held misconception about the Slutwalk movement is that, rather than conveying any particular message, it’s really just an over the top, outrageous display of exhibitionism.

Two years in, we’re happy to report that this is far from the case. Sure, people are welcome to wear anything they’d like (that is part of the idea), but most people don’t attend the event because they want an excuse to whip out their nipple tassels. To the contrary, the focus is far from what people are wearing. Rather, the event centres on making a powerful, united statement against victim blaming in all its forms.

A shorter march this year meant there was more time for speakers, and these were speakers worth listening to. Those who spoke at last year’s Slutwalk set a very high bar, and this year’s speakers met that challenge. Starting with Chandra Mayor (who spoke brilliantly last year as well; you can read her tremendous speech about the word ‘slut’ here), the tone was set for thoughtful reflection, incredibly brave personal story telling and accept-zero-bullshit activism and advocacy. Mayor was followed by several women who told their own stories with grace and grit.

There is something incredibly powerful about both the telling and the hearing of these stories; for those who have been lucky enough not to be touched by sexual assault, it lends a striking air of reality to a devastating issue. For those who have been assaulted, there is hopefully some comfort in knowing they are not alone. Perhaps the lasting contribution that Slutwalk will make will be to provide a safe, public forum for victims of sexual assault to stand up and declare, “This was not my fault,” and for other people to hear it.

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Bon soir,

This is a late night note reminding everyone to come on down to the annual Take Back the Night march!

Thursday, November 20th (that’ll be today in 20 minutes time) at 6pm, starting and ending at the Magnus Eliason Rec Centre.

Look for us (Meghan, Dayna and Eli) near the doors to MERC if you’d like to meet up, or send us an email at flf.robsonhall@gmail.com if you’d like to make a firmer meeting plan. We’re bringing placards, too!

Crescent Moon

Also note that the U of M Womyn’s Centre is holding its open house Thursday as well. It goes from 11:30-5pm, and we hear there will be TBTN themed craft-and-sign making, and a group busing from the open house to the march together.

Hope to see you there! Nighty night.

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Thanks to everyone who joined us for Slutwalk yesterday! It was a lovely sunny day for a well-attended, organized and thought-provoking event. And our discussion was really great, too! If you weren’t able to make it out yesterday,we’d still love to hear your thoughts . About three hundred Winnipeggers came out and attended the annual Slut Walk in downtown Winnipeg Saturday, October 15, 2011. (John Woods/Winnipeg Free Press)

The FLF’s very own Meghan Menzies, as well as Robson Hall’s Professor Karen Busby, were both quoted in a feature length article about Slutwalk by Melissa Martin in the Winnipeg Free Press yesterday. Check it out!

Here’s looking forward to lots more fun and interesting FLF events to come. (On that note, don’t forget about Take Back the Night — this Thursday October 20th at MERC!)

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FLF members representing the FLF and LEAF Manitoba at the annual International Women’s Day March!

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Come together on March 8th in celebration, support and solidarity for the International Women’s Day March!

This year marks the centenary of International Women’s Day. In 100 years, we have come so far but have so far still to go. The recent decision of Justice Dewar demonstrates how pervasive sexism still is. The decision highlights the need for feminists of all ages, genders, orientations, sizes and colours to come together to show our strength and our commitment to fighting inequality in its many forms and manifestations.

So sport your FLF shirt and join us!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARCH: RESPECT, PEACE, LOVE, AND JUSTICE – 100 YEAR’S OF WOMEN’S RESISTANCE

March 8, 2011

4:30 – 7:30 pm

4:30 pm: Speakers and chants by the Radical Cheerleaders. 5:30 PM: March. 6:30 PM: Raging Grannies and community feast at the UofW’s Bulman Centre

The march will begin at Union Centre (Smith and Broadway), stop at the Legislature, and then finish at the U of W.


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The fourth annual Women’s Memorial March Manitoba will be held tonight. Supporters are to gather at All Saints Anglican Church at 175 Colony at 5:30 pm. The march begins at 6. Please wear red or purple in support.

More information:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/March-for-missing-women-today-at-6-pm-116154924.html

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On December 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. A man named Marc Lepine walked into an Engineering class, separated the males and females, and began shooting. In the span of a 20 minute attach, Lepine killed 14 women at the University before killing himself. These women died because they were women. 10 other women and 4 men were injured in Lepine’s attack.

In 1991, December 6th was established by Parliament as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women to commemorate the deaths of these young women in gender-based violence, and to raise awareness and promote reflection by Canadians on the issue of violence against women in our society. This is a day to remember and think about women who have died as a result of or have been affected by violence. It is also a day to consider how you as an individual, and we as a group of law students can make a difference in the still sobering statistics on violence against women.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. Despite the time that has passed since this tragic event, violence against women is still a pervasive reality in the lives of many Canadian women. Status of Women Canada offers these statistics:
Women and girls are more likely to experience certain types of serious violence and assault:
  • on average, 178 females were killed every year between 1994 and 2008;
  • in 2008, there were 146 female victims of homicide in Canada. Of these, 45 were victims of spousal homicide; and
  • young women are particularly vulnerable. Between 1997 and 2006, young women (aged 15 to 24) were killed at a rate nearly three times higher than for all female victims of spousal homicide. During the same period, the rate of sexual assault for girls (under age 18) by family members was four times higher than for boys.

Some groups of women in Canada are particularly vulnerable to violence:

  • the spousal homicide rate for Aboriginal women is more than eight times that for non-Aboriginal women;
  • immigrant women may be more vulnerable to family violence due to, among other things, economic dependence, language barriers, and lack of access to resources; and
  • senior women are twice as likely as senior men to be victims of violent crime perpetrated by a family member.
While December 6th falls at a very busy time of year for law students, the Feminist Legal Forum feels it is important to mark the day. Take a moment to pause, consider and reflect on the posters that the FLF’s December 6th Committee has made and will be displaying in Robson Hall on December 6th. Buy a white ribbon, or stop to ask those selling the ribbons about the campaign.
We would also like to invite everyone to participate in a candlelight vigil march down Broadway and sunrise memorial at the Legislature on the morning of December 6th.
The sunrise memorial will be held at the Legislature and begins at 8 am on December 6th. The guest speaker at this event will be Ms. Stephanie Forsyth (President and CEO, Red River College). Please note that Manitoba Status of Women has asked people planning to attend the memorial to RSVP at 945-6281, and this should be done as soon as possible. There will be a collection of unwrapped toys at the memorial  for children at the Central Park Women’s Resource Centre. Contributions are welcome!
Members of the FLF will be attending, and we are planning to bus back to Robson Hall following the memorial in time for morning classes.

 

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