Embracing womanhood through sisterhood

31 March 2019 | Events

Hold onto your hats, ladies! The first ever Slut Shame Walk takes place in Windhoek on Saturday (6 April), starting at the Ausspannplatz Circle at 08:00.

According to the organisers, this women's march advocates for the protection and safety of the Namibian woman from gender-based violence and stigma.

“With the mission to embrace womanhood through sisterhood, the Slut Shame Walk creates an opportunity for women and their allies to discuss, share and unpack their experiences with sexual violence and stigma in Namibia in a safe, welcoming and ridicule-free environment,” says Arlana Shikongo, who is responsible for public relations.

SSW is modelled after SlutWalk, a transitional movement that began in Canada in 2011, calling for an end to the rape culture, including victim blaming and shaming of sexual assault victims. The rallies began after a Toronto police officer suggested that women should avoid dressing like sluts as a precaution against sexual assault. American socialite and feminist activist Amber Rose further popularized the movement with her annual SlutWalk Festival held in Los Angeles, California.

Local impact

The organisers say that in Namibia, 1 in 3 women are sexually assaulted and do not report the incident because of shame and a fear of being blamed. The country is also pressed by a “passion killing” phenomenon, which demonstrates the extent to which many of our men exercise an unwarranted sense of entitlement and control over women.

“The Slut Shame Walk is only the first step in a greater effort to ­empower our women to speak about and address the ongoing violence inflicted on them, and can show our national leaders the ­importance of encouraging open dialogue around these matters,” Shikongo says.

Everyone that is interested in joining their effort to show respect, admiration, and support for the safety, protection and freedom of women across Namibia is invited to join the movement.

Info: [email protected]

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