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Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry Continue to Fight for the Abolition of Prostitution


 


December 20, 2013

As Indigenous women and girls who have experienced centuries of colonial male violence, the decision by the supreme court of canada to strike down the existing prostitution laws comes as no surprise. Our histories, our laws and traditions, and our worldviews have been purposefully omitted from the supreme court decision. Once again, not only our voices, but our bodies and our lives have been dismissed as inconsequential.

As women and girls indigenous to this land, who have resisted centuries of colonial oppression, we assert our right to our lands, cultures, laws, and body sovereignty. We reject any ruling that interferes with these unalienable rights. We pledge to continue in the proud tradition of our Mothers and Grandmothers and to continue to fight for our children and grandchildren.

We are in a pivotal moment. We have the ability - and the responsibility - to change the course of history. We urge all those who seek justice, freedom, and equality to look beyond the decision rendered by the supreme court and to listen to the voices, experiences, and wisdom of Indigenous women and girls. Prostitution was not and is not a traditional practice among Indigenous peoples. We ask all those who seek justice, freedom, and equality to view prostitution as a colonial system and as a form of violence against women and girls that must be abolished.

We see an opportunity for all of us to work toward a better future – a future in which our daughters are not handed over to pimps and johns to be violated, abused, and thrown away. We see hope in the supreme court’s decision to decriminalize prostituted women and girls. The next step is to stand up for the rights of Indigenous women and girls by criminalizing the source of the harm in prostitution - the pimps and the johns. This would be a truly progressive act in the interest of women’s equality.

In addition to laws that criminalize the pimps and the johns, we also demand funding for social policies and programs that prevent women and girls from entering prostitution in the first place, and that help us as we exit and heal. This includes, but is not limited to, safe and affordable housing, guaranteed livable income, counseling, job training, and women-only detox and recovery services. We also demand the government educate itself and the public about prostitution as a form of colonial male sexual violence against women and girls.

We ask the public and policy makers to stand in solidarity with us and to adopt the Nordic Model of prostitution policy. Do not be “tricked” into supporting the decriminalization of pimps and johns as progressive legal and social policy. We are Indigenous women and girls who have survived hundreds of years of colonialism, male violence, and capitalism, and we are not going away. We are proud to be part of a global feminist abolitionist movement, and we ask you to join us in our fight for freedom.

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Red Light Green Light


Look out for upcoming screenings in Vancouver of this great new documentary of prostitution & trafficking, which addresses systemic issues that lead to prostitution as well as demand. For more information visit http://redlightgreenlightfilm.com/

 

 

 

 

Friday December 6, 2013

University of British Columbia

St. Andrew's Hall

6040 Iona Drive

7:00 pm (followed by LIVE director Q&A)

Contact for more info: facebook group

 

Saturday December 7, 2013

First Baptist Vancouver

969 Burrard Street

7:00pm

Contact for more info: facebook group

 

Sunday January 26, 2014

North Langley Community church

21015 96 Avenue

Langley BC

8:00pm

Contact for more info: facebook group


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You are Invited...


 


On November 15th at 7:00 pm, gather at Tenth Church to watch "The Fallacy," a documentary by Ève Lamont that takes a look at prostitution in Quebec through interviews with women who have either exited the industry or who are still involved in it. The film was first screened at the DOXA Vancouver Film Festival in 2012, with women’s stories that are powerful, sometimes shocking, and always challenging of many myths and misconceptions of prostitution.

Following the film, over refreshments, you'll have a chance to reflect and talk about what you've seen. You will also have an opportunity to partner financially with us as we continue to take action against the buying and selling of women's bodies.

Location: Tenth Ave Alliance Church: 11 West 10th Avenue
Date: November 15th
Time: 7:00 to 9:15pm, doors open 6:30pm.
Price: $20, tickets available at the door.


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Ride for Refuge - A Success!


 

Thank you to all who came out to ride in support of REED at this year's Ride for Refuge! We had a total of 9 teams and 47 riders who participated in the day. Together we rode through the streets of our city as an act of solidarity to the women and girls all over the world still exploited in the sex trade, and defiance to the culture of violence that continues to permit this.

 

 

 

 

It was a beautiful day to be outside and we were encouraged to ride alongside so many others who continue to fight the injustices they see and show their love through action. We are also grateful for the hundreds of people who could not come out but who generously supported a team member through sponsoring their ride. We are humbled by the amounts raised and amazed at what can happen in one single morning with lots of good people and bicycles.

 

 

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Join Our Biker Gang!


 

 

Join our biker gang!  We invite your participation either as team captains, riders or supporters in the Ride for Refuge, a family-friendly bike ride to raise funds to end sexual exploitation. For information contact us at michelle@embracedignity.org or go here to support our home team, Unreasonable Hope. Ride on!

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Visit REED at Half The Sky


Women hold up half the sky!

Come visit REED at the Canadian Half the Sky event on May 11, Park Royal, West Vancouver from 10am-5pm.

Learn how you can engage in meaningful change to end the global sexual exploiation of women and girls..

 

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In Her Own Words: Hearing The Stories of Prostituted Women


 

 

You are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with REED on March 8

by attending a film screening and discussion of “The Fallacy,” by Ève Lamont.

Filmed in Quebec, Ève’s film takes a candid look at prostitution through

interviews with dozens of women who have exited and those who are still involved

in the sex industry.

 


Before making the film Ève talked to 75 women in the sex trade to hear the

stories hidden under the veneer of the popular conception of prostitution from “Pretty Woman” and “Secret Diary of a Call Girl.” Her skillful filmmaking gives us an opportunity to hear from women with a variety of experiences, sit with their stories, and consider how we might respond both individually and collectively.


Location: Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, 1803 1st Ave E

Date: March 8, 2013

Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm

Parking: Free parking in lot at 1st Ave and Victoria Drive


The film we be followed by a short discussion time.

 

 


 

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