A - I n f o s
a multi-lingual news service by, for, and about anarchists
News in all languages
Last 40 posts (Homepage)
archives of old posts
The last 100 posts, according
The First Few Lines of The Last 10 posts in:
First few lines of all posts of last 24 hours |
of past 30 days |
of 2002 |
of 2003 |
of 2004 |
of 2005 |
of 2006 |
of 2007 |
of 2008 |
of 2009 |
of 2010 |
of 2011 |
of 2012 |
of 2013 |
of 2014 |
of 2015 |
of 2016 |
of 2017 |
of 2018 |
of 2019 |
Syndication Of A-Infos - including
RDF - How to Syndicate A-Infos
Subscribe to the a-infos newsgroups
(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL AL #308 - Antipatriarchy, #IwasCorsica: to finally break the omerta (de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]
Wed, 7 Oct 2020 08:14:42 +0300
Between 400 and 600 people took part in feminist protests in Corsica at the start of the summer. Following the hashtag #Iwas, many women
testified about the sexual violence they had suffered. A hashtag specific to Corsica (#IwasCorsica) was thus created. ---- #Metoo had little
resonance in Corsica. Following this observation Laora Paoli-Pandolfi and a friend decide to list the testimony of Corsican victims. On June
6, the Iwascorsica Twitter account was created. Demonstrations were then organized in Bastia and Ajaccio, by the Zitelle in zerga (angry
young girls), Donne in lotta (women in struggle), Donne di Manca (women on the left), Donne e Surelle (women and sisters) and the
Information Center on the Rights of Women and Families (CIDFF). "Organizing is both difficult as a victim, but also cathartic. A sorority
has been created around the demonstrations", testifies Lina, of the collective Zitelle in zerga. It is a new impetus for Corsican feminism.
Part of the population had to open their eyes: rape is not uncommon and the aggressor is often close to the victim.
The organizers are calling for the establishment, in middle and high schools, of sex education as well as the presence of caregivers trained
in questions of sexual violence. "A real education in consent would have helped us not to experience all these traumas or at least to better
understand them" assures Lina. In addition, they ask for better access to contraception. Corsica has a high rate of abortion of minors while
planning centers are rare (those in Haute-Corse do not practice medical abortion) and medical confidentiality is little respected. A
discouraging journey, especially for the youngest.
They want to implement the "non-violence patent", launched by NousToutes in 2017. The aim is to raise awareness from an early age to sexual
violence on the model of the road safety certificate. However, the project remains unimplemented due to a lack of resources. Finally, they
ask that the police be trained to take complaints of rape. "We don't expect much from the police. We discussed with several officers, they
hold a sexist speech, or are resigned," says Lina.
All the municipal candidates in Bastia participated in the demonstrations but none presented concrete measures. Following Schiappa's
request, the former prefect of Corsica and the former regional secretary for gender equality agreed to receive the organizers. The former
elected officials declared themselves in favor of the demands and proposed a meeting, without however setting a date. A regional councilor
announced that she wanted to meet one of the collectives, but never did. Laora Paoli-Pandolfi supposes that this turnaround is "perhaps
following the accusations of assault and sexual harassment which target a Corsican politician" .
#Iwascorsica and the Zitelle in zerga collective continue to collect testimonies, help to file complaints and support feminist projects. The
organization of a demonstration in Corte as well as public meetings between the various feminist organizations are under discussion. The
movement is not over.
Our societies are patriarchal . The public authorities have no interest in putting in place real measures against sexual violence. Only
the balance of power established by feminists allowed progress. To break the patriarchy and its institutions: a solution, self-management.
Akina (UCL Montreuil)
 "Perceptions of equality between women and men in France", CSA Report, September 2016.
A - I N F O S N E W S S E R V I C E
By, For, and About Anarchists
Send news reports to A-infos-en mailing list
A-Infos Information Center