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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 November 2021

Marching to stop violence against women

On the Southampton protest over violence against women

On the Southampton protest over violence against women   (Click to enlarge)

Southampton

The Socialist Party decided to mark international day for the elimination of violence against women on 25 November by organising a protest in the city centre. We wanted to be loud and we wanted to be visible.

20 people turned up to our protest, and some passers-by were eager to take our leaflets and stopped to share their own experiences.

Unfortunately, we were dwarfed by the noisy Christmas market, so speeches and taking a moment of silence was out of the question.

Thankfully, we'd organised a public meeting close by, so people had the chance to discuss what we could do to combat sexism and violence against women. It was a real education.

University students described just how widespread drink spiking had become. They were keen to organise and demand change.

The experiences of trans women were raised in the discussion, and how likely they are to be attacked in the street or in clubs as they are seen as 'fair game' by misogynist perpetrators.

It was an emotional discussion. Clubs and the police are not taking incidents seriously enough - echoing outdated ideas of women 'asking for it' by how we dress and how we behave.

We discussed the many tough choices women have to make under this rotten system; how some women are forced into sex work out of poverty, or stay with a violent partner because there's nowhere else to go due to cuts to refuge provision and a dire lack of decent truly affordable housing.

We fight for every improvement to women's lives. Capitalism is rotten to the core and needs to be swept away by uniting our class for socialist change.

Maggie Fricker

Bristol

The Socialist Party joined a very noisy and lively Reclaim the Night March in Bristol to mark the international day for the elimination of violence against women.

Around 200 people marched through the centre of town, passing many bars and pubs to draw attention to the recent rise in cases of spiking against women. The Socialist Party was very noticeably the only political organisation to attend, and a few women enthusiastically held up our posters as we marched.

Amy Sage

Nottingham

Over 250 mainly young women marched on 27 November with Reclaim the Night. They were noisy, enthusiastic and got a lot of support from passers-by and car drivers sounding their car horns.

Nottingham and the university have recently had a number of spiking incidents. In a society where only 7.4% of reported rapes get to court, and only 1.4% get convictions.

Rape and sexual assaults are severely underreported. There is a lot to do to make women safer.

We handed out our Socialist Party 'End sexism and violence against women' leaflets and carried our posters. Women snapped up the leaflets and asked for them when they read the poster.

There is clearly a thirst for a programme to end violence, sexism, inequality and abuse, and to do this once and for all. To do that, we need to get rid of capitalism and fight for socialist change.

Clare Wilkins

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In The Socialist 30 November 2021:


News

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27 dead in channel migrant tragedy

Bulb bailed out, nationalise energy to solve price crisis

Khan threatens further London transport cuts

Kickstart scheme 'insufficient and flawed'

Tories strengthen repressive laws


COP26

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International

Argentine elections see deepening polarisation


Wales

Wales: The Labour-Plaid Cymru agreement - jam tomorrow, maybe


Rural life

Behind the rural idyll - the problems of everyday life


Workplace news

NHS workers - vote yes for action to win a decent pay rise

Staff and students unite against university bosses' attacks

UCU higher education disputes

Education unions lead campaign against Leicester academisation

RMT strikes against abolition of night tube train operators

South Yorkshire Stagecoach drivers strike against measly 1% pay offer

Nottingham and Mansfield trade unions rally against cuts and for better pay

Oaks Park school strike ends following forced concessions


Campaigns

East London mass non-payment wins housing victory

Marching to stop violence against women

Housing campaigners protest CEO champagners

Building a political alternative to Tory and Labour cuts

Stop the cuts to Uni arts funding

Plymouth: Hundreds attend vigil for Bobbi-Anne McLeod

Socialism 2021: How we reached our fighting fund appeal target

End fuel poverty


Readers' opinion

TV review: Valley of the Tears


 

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