Press Release – For Immediate Release
The First Ever Feminist Led Anti-Fascist Counter Demonstration to take place in London
- Coalition of around 500 feminists of all genders will come together in demonstrate against the far-right Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) on 13 October.
- The Feminist Anti-Fascist Assembly (FAF) is building a new movement of resistance, highlighting the inherent sexism in fascism.
- Challenging the far right’s attempt to hijack women’s experience for their racist and sexist agenda, FAF response to the DFLA’s “silent march” will be a “wall of noise”.
A coalition of 500+ feminists will come together in the UK’s first feminist anti-fascist demonstration against the far-right Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) on 13 October, in a sign of the growing tide of anti-fascist resistance being led by women and non-binary people. There has been a disturbing increase in racist and sexist attacks experienced by women in the UK – especially women in the Muslim and migrant communities. Overtly racist and anti-migrant comments from MPs, such as Boris Johnson’s saying that women wearing burkas looked like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers”, only normalise and encourage far-right groups and leaders.
The Feminist Anti-Fascist Assembly (FAF) advocates building an anti-racist feminist movement of resistance, highlighting the inherent sexism in fascism, with the vision that “anti-fascism must be feminist, and feminism must be anti-fascist. To date, anti-fascist organisations in the UK such as Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) and Unite Against Fascism (UAF) have focussed on the link between fascism and racism. Missing from the movement have been the experiences and demands of women of colour and migrant women.
More than forty grassroots organisations, including feminist groups, trade unions, sports clubs and community groups, such as Sisters Uncut, Women’s March – London, Asian Mums Network, Women’s Strike Assembly and others, such as United Voices of the World, Anti-Fascist Network, IWGB and Disabled People against the Cuts are endorsing FAF’s call to action to oppose the DFLA.
The DFLA plan to march in silence on Oct 13th. In response the FAF will protest with a “wall of noise”, with the demands No Silence to Violence.
No Silence to Violence
- Two women a week in the UK are killed by a partner or ex-partner
- Approximately 85,000 women are raped in England and Wales every year
- One in three women will experience sexual violence in her lifetime.
- Whilst experiencing higher levels of gender based violence and state violence, 4 in 5 BME women who approach refuges for help are turned away
- Racist attacks are on the rise and have risen by a third in recent years. BME women often experience both race and gender based hate crimes and widely report feeling vulnerable to attack.
- In 2017 there was a 26 percent increase in reported Islamophobic hate crimes: of the victims six out of 10 were women and of the perpetrators eight out of 10 were men.
Ava Caradonna, from Women’s Strike Assembly said: “On Oct 13th we will disrupt the far right’s attempt to use our experiences of violence for their racist agenda. Now is not the time to stay silent”.
Charlotte Manister, FAF organiser, explains: “Sexual abuse happens across all communities and is rife in many of our institutions, from care homes to the Catholic Church. Survivors know this, and all the evidence shows, that men from all ethnic and religious backgrounds abuse women from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. We stand against it all.”
For more information:
Ava Caradonna: 07981070417