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Global Flesh Mapping/Les draps parlent/Resistancia de las mujeres

July 2011
Women’s Worlds, Ottawa

Day 1 – We are Living in the Belly of the Beast of Patriarchy

Day 2 – Reform or Revolution?

Day 3 – Our Means Will Condition Our Ends

Day 4 – As Prostitution and Rape Marginalize and Oppress So Feminist Solidarity Resists


  • Lee Lakeman – Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter
  • Diane Matte – Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle


  • Jeanette Lavell – Native Women’s Association of Canada
  • Fay Blaney – Aboriginal Women’s Action Network
  • Cherry Smiley – Aboriginal Women’s Action Network
  • Michèle Audette – Quebec Native Women
  • Marit Smuk Solbakk – Sami People, Norway
  • Trisha Baptie – Exploited Voices Educating
  • Vednita Carter – Breaking Free
  • Marie Drouin – Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle
  • Véronique Bourgeois– Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle
  • Alice Lee – Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution
  • Suzanne Jay – Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution
  • Kim Pate – Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
  • Clorinde Zéphyr – Haiti
  • Esohe Agathise –  Nigeria / Italy
  • Rajaa Berrada – Morocco
  • Sigma Huda  – Bangladesh
  • Suzuyo Takazato – Okinawa, Japan
  • Teresa Ulla Ziáurriz – Mexico
  • Young Sook Cho  – South Korea
  • Hanne Helth – Denmark
  • Esther Eilam – Israel
  • Sheila Jeffreys – Australia
  • Katherine Marr – Y des femmes
  • Erin Graham – PHD candidate, UBC
  • Norma Ramos – Coalition Against Trafficking of Women

We have named our project in all three languages in such a way that we have to understand each other.  Each part of the name says something important and cannot fully be translated.  That is our approach to the language questions.

We had simultaneous interpretation for the roundtable discussions:  90 minutes each day in French, English and Spanish.  Participants in the discussion spoke in French, English or Spanish and were encouraged to speak in whichever of these was most familiar to them.  We were aware that they are all colonial languages but are the most commonly used.

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