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Socialism without feminism isn’t worth it

17 Mar

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Taken from an opinion article on the Guardian by Laurie Penny.

The SWP and rape: why I care about this Marxist-Leninist implosion | Laurie Penny | Comment is free | The Guardian

Sexism on the left is the punch you weren’t expecting.

The scandal is not just that a senior party member was accused of raping a young female activist, […] but that the party responded by convening its own court and decide whether rape had occurred.They decided that it hadn’t.

The Socialist Workers Party it is disintegrating because its leadership cannot confront its own misogyny.

What is undermining left and liberal movements is a terminal refusal to confront our own internalised sexism.

In the case of the SWP, that response was formalised last week by the demand that party members accept the decision of the disputes committee that no rape had occurred.

The SWP has previously taken admirable stances on holding public figures like Julian Assange and George Galloway to account on issues of women’s rights. Unfortunately, it has failed to apply the same principles to its own leaders.

Socialism without feminism, after all, is no socialism worth having.

Read the full article here

The SWP and rape: why I care about this Marxist-Leninist implosion | Laurie Penny | Comment is free | The Guardian

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Somalia: No authority to rape

22 Feb

Rape (Photo credit: Valeri Pizhanski)

Extracted from

Somalia: No authority to rape.

” My name is Laila and I’m a journalist. I recently wrote a story about a young woman brutally gang-raped by government soldiers in Somalia, hoping that her bravery in telling such a painful story would bring attention to the awful rape problem there. Instead, the government used my article to jail a rape victim and another journalist covering the story for ‘insulting the state’!

Rape is horrific, but to be raped when the only authorities you can turn to for justice are your rapists — it’s the most crushing powerlessness. But together I think we can bring her hope. That’s why I started a global petition on the Avaaz site, because Somalia’s government depends heavily on financing from other governments, so the international community can press them to stop the cover up and bring real reforms to end the epidemic of rape by security forces.

Our call for change could really work, but it needs to be big. UN envoy Zainab Bangura has told us that she will directly deliver our petition to donor countries and Somalia’s President. Help by signing and forwarding this email — let’s show these women that they’re not alone, and that no one has the authority to rape them.

–Laila Ali, British-Somali journalist based in Nairobi ”

Somalia: No authority to rape.

If you click the link above you can sign this petition …

” As concerned citizens, we call on you to adopt a zero tolerance policy for human rights abuses committed by Somalia’s security forces, and to ensure women are protected. The UN reports hundreds of cases of rape each month, many committed by government forces whose salaries are being paid for with foreign aid. Somalia’s peaceful future depends on securing women’s rights — we urge you to take immediate steps to do so. ”

Once you sign to sent your petition 

“Share this petition to protect women in Somalia!

Thanks for signing — your name has been added and will be delivered to International donors to Somalia and Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, President of Somalia.

Let’s amplify our impact by sharing this campaign with all the persons we know with the share tools below!
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Violence against Native American and Alaskan women

17 Feb

“Did you know that Native American and Alaskan women are three times more likely to experience violent crimes such as rape and sexual assault than non-native women? And that one in three Native American women will be raped during the course of her lifetime?”Image(click on the image for the article)

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