#NousAlles: the feminist demonstration in 5 punchy signs This Saturday 17 November 2021, the feminist collective #NousToutes organized several gatherings across France. On the program of the Parisian march, in which aufeminin participated: joy, determination and committed messages.
After a year’s break due to the pandemic, the third edition of the #NousToutes walk was held in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux and even Montpellier. In all, about fifty gatherings took place throughout France, with the aim of saying “stop gender-based and sexual violence” , but also “denounce their scale in society, while recalling that it is not inevitable” , indicated Marylie Breuil, member of #NousToutes, before the departure of the Parisian market.
50 000 people marched through the capital, according to a figure given by feminist activist Caroline de Haas during the protest. An event to the sound of Aya Nakamura, Clara Luciani but also songs demanding an end to street harassment, better support by the police for victims of misogynistic violence, or the resignation of Gérald Darmanin, Minister of ‘Interior accused of rape in 600. The government’s posting strategy was also at the center of #NousToutes’ speeches. Sandrine Bouchait, member of the National Union of Feminicide Families, associated with the collective, recalled that “50 women were murdered during the Macron five-year term, i.e. the same figure as during the previous five-year term “, while gender equality ” was supposed to be a great national cause “.
This 17 November is also the International Day of the Rights of the Child and the Trans Day of Remembrance, a time of remembrance dedicated to the dead of the trans community. The opportunity for a real convergence of struggles, according to the #NousToutes collective. The proof in five signs, summary of an event as festive as it is political.
A feminism for all This year, the collective #NousToutes wanted an intersectional march, it that is, that incorporates the differences between women, many of whom experience both sexism and racism and by extension, sexism and transphobia, sexism and lesbophobia, sexism and validism … in each of these situations, the two discriminations are not added but, at the intersection, a specific form of oppression is created, which must be recognized and combated.
Consent is now Having become central in the fight against sexual violence, the notion of consent was present on hundreds of signs brandished by the demonstrators. As well as salutary reminders, such as “No, it’s no”, “My skirt is not an invitation” or “It’s not your fault”, intended for victims of rape who also suffer the victim blaming.
Protect but also educate children Victims of incest, violent fathers or aggressors among their relatives in their childhood, they courageously testified during the march, emphasizing the urgently to protect girls and more generally, minors Before the march, #NousToutes also called for more resources in terms of education, to allow “young people to become aware of violence sexist and sexual and the damage they generate “.
To die of being a woman Every year, feminist collectives are forced to count the deaths of intimate feminicides, that is, committed by a spouse or ex-spouse. During the press conference preceding the Parisian march, activist Lexi, from the Insta Aggressively trans account, recalled that trans women are particularly exposed to male violence and how transmogynous killings remain invisible.
Feminism in the Age of Networks Ultra-violent for women, social networks are also seeing the birth of large-scale feminist initiatives, mentioned on many signs. After #DoublePeine, movement launched in October 2021 to denounce the poor care of victims of sexual violence by the police and the gendarmerie, # BalanceTonBar sheds light on assaults in bars and nightclubs, sometimes with the use of GHB (the “date rape drug”).
The bonus sign If this third step # We All was punctuated by painful testimonies, thoughts of the victims and a lot of anger against the patriarchal system, joy was also present. That of being united around a common project: an egalitarian society, which the demonstrators and their allies called with shouts, laughter and dance. See you next year.
Article Coline CM and Mathilde Wattecamps, photos Clémence Jentet-Gauthé and Adèle Simper
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