Namibia To Hold First Slut Shame Walk

Namibia To Hold First Slut Shame Walk

Apr 03, 2019, 04:29 PM

This Saturday, April 6th, the theme 'Embracing Womanhood Through Sisterhood', will be travelling through the streets of Namibia, advocating for the safety and protection of the Namibian woman from gender-based violence and stigma, in their first ever Slut Shame Walk.

An intersectional women's march modelled after the transnational SlutWalk (SSW), aims to create an opportunity for women and allies to discuss, share and unpack their experiences of sexual violence and stigma in Namibia in a safe, welcoming and ridicule-free environment and is founded by Nsozi Mwazi.

"The dress code is to come dressed as you are, but less is more. For example, you can wear your short shorts, miniskirts, fish nets, crop tops, sports bra, etc. Anything you are comfortable with to show that the way we dress does not mean yes,” says Mwazi in a conversation with the Namibian. 

Our dress code is not the problem, the rapist is. Showing skin is only a problem for men, because they have sexually objectified a woman's body for the longest time.
While men may participate in the walk, Mwazi says it is imperative that they be allies.

The hope for this event is to create a safe space for women and encourage them to no longer remain silent because they do not deserve to suffer in silence. This will hopefully encourage women to 'name and shame' their abusers.

Mwazi wants the Slut Shame Walk, to be an annual event which will only get bigger and better with time.  She has also expressed that she wants Namibian women to have a stronger sisterhood for each other and not only the women we know personally. 

That is what we hope for too, after all Femme is the Future.  

Follow @slutshamewalk on social media for more information.

Main image credit: Keith Vries
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