November 25th marks the start of #16Days of Activism. This years theme is “Together we can end Gender Based Violence in education.” Gender Based Violence occurs in many spaces and it is our hope to continue to eradicate the systems that perpetuate the lack of investment in our girls. In our world today GBV comes in many shapes and forms, whether it be cyberbullying, displacement of womxn and children because of home and war violence or a lack of access to quality schools that provide a gender equal curriculum. Throughout the #16Days, Sister Diaspora will be highlighting stories of womxn affected by Gender Based Violence. We will be holding vigils for our transgendered sisters murdered this year, calling our local representatives to push for legislation protecting victims of domestic violence and ending #16Days of Activism on December 10th with a self-defense workshop for womxn of color. It is our goal to raise our voices & lift the stories of womxn who have been impacted. #EndGBV
As the national media continues to ignore the rising murders of transgender womxn, we continue to make sure they are not forgotten. We will continue to push legislation that will stop the criminalizing of womxn who aim to be free of violence. At our SDL ‘Remembering our Sisters’ Vigil we honored our sisters who were taken away from us too soon.