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by FORWARD category: Politics
The 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign initiated by the UN in 2015 to galvanise action from governments, NGOs and the individual, on violence against women and girls (VAWG). FORWARD is a diaspora led NGO that has championed the rights of African women and girls for over 30 years, influencing policy and pioneering work to end female genital mutilation in the UK and Africa.
In response to the recent exposure of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, FORWARD is focusing our 16 Days of Activism campaign on the way in which agency and power is held by women. Movements such as #MeToo have brought media attention to the issue of VAWG and the realities of appalling jibes and assaults women experience on a daily basis. Our campaign is timely and very much needed. As a diaspora organisation, we recognise that conversations and experiences relating to Black women’s bodies do not exist in a vacuum; they exist at the intersection of race, feminism, religion and sexuality. As a result our lived experiences are heavily marginalised, misunderstood or dismissed altogether.
We believe it is important to have representations of women owning their bodies as spaces of power; having autonomy over what they do with their bodies. In a world that seeks to fetishize Black bodies or label them as the ‘imperfect victim’, hence silencing our voices, we are backing the Black women who are saying ‘this is my body, this is my power’.You can see the full collection of images we've curated for this campaign on our website, please help us share them far and wide!
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African women-led organisation working to end violence against women and girls.