International Women’s Day: Women’s groups calling for solidarity with Indigenous women

Date: 
Monday, March 7, 2016

[Vancouver BC], In a press conference held this morning in Vancouver, women’s groups marked International Women’s Day by calling for solidarity with the uprising of Indigenous women in Canada.

Fay Blaney for the Aboriginal Women’s Action Network (AWAN) said in relation to the upcoming national inquiry to the missing and murdered Aboriginal women: “The inquiry must address the root causes of oppressions of indigenous women – misogyny, colonialism and poverty. We are calling on all women to support Indigenous feminists in our struggle to affect the inquiry.”

Keira Smith-Tague, a front line worker at Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter stated: “The phenomenon of missing and murdered Indigenous women is a matter of male violence against women. These women were murdered by men. No woman, but especially Aboriginal women, can rely on the Canadian state for protection from violent men. We demand that the criminal justice system will hold men accountable for their violence against women.”

Alice Lee, spokeswoman for Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution (AWCEP) noted: “Abolishing of prostitution is a fundamental aspect of women's liberation because prostitution threatens the social, economic, and political security of Indigenous women, women of color and all women. Prostitution narrows the potential futures and opportunities for women, and is a sexist and racist practice that diminishes our ability to participate meaningfully in society.” Lee concluded saying: “We need to be ready as ever to organize, fight, and insist on the protection and liberation of all women for the sake of ourselves, and our sisters here and around the world.”

From left to right: Alice Lee, Fay Blaney and Keira Smith-Tague 

 

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For more information: Hilla Kerner, 604-872-8212, hillak(at)rapereliefshelter.bc.ca