international women's day 2011

Join us on the Mothers March and Speak Out – London – 12th March 2011

Posted on: 15 February 2011

International Women’s Week & Mothering Sunday

Dear friends,

We invite you to the Mothers March and Speak Out on Saturday 12 March. Many rape survivors took part last year; we hope many will again. We want to make visible the experiences of mothers and other carers who are rape survivors, or whose children are rape survivors, and how fighting for justice and protection is part of the caring work we do for our loved ones. Over 90% of rapists go free, while increasingly rape victims are being jailed for so-called false allegations.

Life-saving resources such as social security benefits, refuges and legal aid, essential to escaping violent relationships, are now being cut. Poverty and job losses are making us and our children more dependent on men and therefore more vulnerable. For those of us who are asylum seekers, the threat of violence is magnified – we are often destitute or in detention, easy targets for rape and racist attacks. Many are separated from our children (see here ( Over 70% of women contacting us from detention have suffered rape and other violence.

Let people in your networks know about the Mothers March, circulate leaflets. If you are in an organisation, ask them to endorse the march.

They will destroy all our protections unless we stop them.

MOTHERS MARCH Sat 12 March 2011
All welcome
Assemble 12 noon: Trafalgar Square (north side)

Speak-out 2pm: Room G2, SOAS
(School of Oriental & African Studies) Thornhaugh St, London WC1H 0XG

Invest in caring not killing
End Cuts, Poverty & Discrimination

Why a Mothers March? Because:
* Mothers produce and care for the world’s people, while brutal market forces destroy us and our planet.
* Mothers’ basic contribution to survival and welfare is unrecognised and unpaid.
* Governments invest in weapons of war, banks and corporations. Feeding, housing, health, support, education, the environment – they couldn’t care less.
* Our young people are victimised for defending everyone’s right to education.
* Everywhere people are risking their lives to bring change – from Palestine to Egypt, from Haiti to Colombia, from Kashmir to Congo and Nigeria .

Why march with us? Because:
* Many of us do caring work, whether we’re mothers or not.
* We’re all being robbed of benefits and services our labour and taxes paid for.
* We’re thrown out of jobs or made to work for less.
* Mothers can help bring together all who stand for life, against war and exploitation.
* Everyone’s contribution and struggle must be counted and supported.
* Fathers, sons, brothers, partners . . . it’s time to show your support.

Mothers March in Guyana, India, Peru, the US.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7482 2496

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