Women of Colour Often Ignored in the Fight Against Rape

Does UN Women’s figure of ‘one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence’ include the majority of women and girls in the world who are of colour and grassroots, and the millions risking their lives to flee war? From the Democratic Republic of Congo to Haiti, from Iraq to Uganda, from India to Peru, our struggle to end rape is largely invisible. – Cristel Amiss

In the Morning Star’s double page spread on international anti-rape struggles, Cristel Amiss of the Black Women’s Rape Action Project writes on the battles faced by women of colour the world over.

The inhumane treatment experienced by women of colour in the UK and abroad, and a few of the many extraordinary efforts taken to challenge this brutality, are outlined. As Cristel notes, the struggles women of colour are forced to endure are too often ignored in establishment conversations about rape- from the UN’s directives to end violence against women to William Hague and Angelina Jolie’s ‘anti-rape summit’.

From Lima to London: the Common Struggles of Rape Survivors

Coming together across international borders, we can win our rights — for everyone. And we will.

The Morning Star this week hosted a double page spread focused on the work of anti-rape groups based at the Crossroads Centre. In this piece, Lisa Longstaff of Women Against Rape talks to the general secretary of Peruvian domestic workers union, Leddy Mozombite Linares and finds common threads between their struggles to end sexual violence.

Our Conference in the Morning Star

Between panels that regularly provoked tears, belly-laughs, chants and standing ovations from the audience, hundreds of buzzing chats took place.


SONY DSCBecka Seglow Hudson reports on our international conference for the Morning Star. The opening panel of the conference, with Selma James and Professor Alison Wolf discussing class, care, and the women’s movement, is available to view here (from 14:30).

The Political Case for Caring Inside the Academy

“Academic institutions are not built for caring”

Writes Aliya Yule, volunteer with Women of Colour in the Global Women Strike and Black Women’s Rape Action Project in a piece published both on Media Diversified and the Ain’t I A Woman Collective website.

Aliya, who is taking time off from studying at Oxford University, describes the uncaring conditions of much of academia, for students and workers, whilst reminding us that caring work is a political fight that we must make visible and win. As she says:

“doing this caring work is a political fight: it is a fight against market forces which have hidden and devalued caring work, it is a fight against capitalist austerity which makes caring work so much harder and at the same time more needed, and a fight against the oppression and domination that we face.”

Click here to read her piece in full

Women Carers Fighting for the Right to not be Impoverished and Overworked

“Women face a dilemma. If we do the caring, men do not become carers with us but consumers of the care we provide. And if we refuse to care, those who need care suffer neglect and worse.”

Selma James, coordinator of the Global Women’s Strike had an article published in Open Democracy this week, reviewing core themes from this weekend’s Caring, Survival and Justice vs the Tyranny of the Market conference.

Woman’s Hour: Swedish Mothers Refusing to Work a Double Day


Woman’s Hour this week had a section dedicated to Swedish mothers who are refusing to work the double day in work and at home. These women are staying at home and living off sick pay in order to take care of their children and to get a little respite from the mental exhaustion that 70,000 women say they are experiencing. In a country that is often named the most gender equal in the world, the piece shows supposed ‘equality’ in the market does not equal justice or support for women and families.  Listen from 37 minutes onwards.