The WRAP #48- Giving a problem a name, informed choice and 60 seconds with Ruby

We close November with a sharp focus on domestic violence, as we kicked off 16 Days of Activism on November 25th, a date shared by White Ribbon Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. For the next sixteen days we will be sharing an image of MCWH staff, communicating what needs to be done to end violence against ALL women.

We are also immensely proud to be launching the ASPIRE project-  a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, and the University of Tasmania. ASPIRE is a community-based, participatory research project funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) which gathered evidence about immigrant and refugee women’s experiences and concerns of family violence. If you haven’t as yet done so, you can still register to attend the launch here.

The launch will also feature a photovoice exhibition with powerful photos taken by research participants.  One of the photovoice participants, Ruby, is featured as this month’s 60 Seconds interview

Until next time,
The WRAP team

Giving a problem a name

Image// IB Times UK

Image// IB Times UK

The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence are very special days in the political calendar. Right now, all over the world, including here at home, people are honouring women and girls, and recognising our right to live free of gender-based violence. We all come together in an intensive effort to name the harms caused by violence against women and girls, to dismantle the systems and norms that support and perpetuate it, and to create a new vision for a world without it.

And while we don’t always talk much about feminism during these 16 days, we do owe a huge historical and ongoing debt to feminist activists who have brought the issue of violence against women and girls to the world, and who importantly, have created the language that we use to talk about it.

By creating words and concepts like patriarchy, sexual harassment, misogyny and intersectionality, our feminist sisters have named women’s oppressions, the harms caused and the strategies to fight them. Happily, we now take this lexicon for granted so that it is no longer surprising to hear misogyny being called out, or to share a conviction with the majority that sexual harassment is wrong. But feminism is not a dying or historical movement: it is alive and well and feminists continue to play a crucial role in moving the thinking forward.

So during these 16 days of honouring women, we would like to send a special shout out to our feminist faves: the wonderful likes of Angela Davis, Kimberle Crenshaw, and Marai Larasi who have made it possible to name what we see. As another of our bests, Sara Ahmed has said, naming an experience as sexist not only gives an account of something that is wrong, it is also a demand for transformation. It is a way of saying ‘no’. The wrong is no longer acceptable.