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Patriarchy and racism give birth to rape culture, not a drunk woman or her miniskirt

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According to its Facebook page, the group was created in response to “the overwhelming and frightening statistics of violence towards Native American Women”. This is what the group posted on their Facebook page on February 4 this year:

Recently there have been criticisms of the way westernized countries/media discuss rape. There is a lot of finger pointing at “other” countries and a lot of moral superiority when judging the global status of women.


TrustLaw took a poll and announced “Canada Best G20 country to be a woman, India worst.” This is highly problematic. As we use the recent gang rapes in India to reinforce this poll and idea, Canada’s Indigenous population is currently experiencing femicide – we don’t think that’s grounds to deem Canada the best place to be a woman.

The above posting shared the link titled, Canada best G20 country to be a woman, India worst – TrustLaw poll.

In a recent Facebook posting on March 12, the group said:

Yesterday on Native America Calling one of the things we discussed was that the U.S. and Canada have an affinity to condemning the treatment of women in other countries, and refuse to look in the mirror and acknowledge what’s happening at home. This photo sums up that point. While previously working with Women Under Siege, we determined our rates of sexualized violence rival anything documented in Sudan or the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The statement of the advocacy group is not unfounded. The disturbing truth is one out of every three Native American women report that they have been raped and three out of four physically assaulted. Even more shocking is: more than 85 per cent perpetrators are non-Native men, according to Amnesty International, and as this piece in The Guardian cites, arrests are made in a mere 13 per cent of the reported cases.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has documented that young, Aboriginal women are five times more likely than other Canadian women to die as a result of violence. On its website, the Commission says:

Although each woman’s story is unique, many struggled with poverty, addiction and domestic abuse, or were victims of the residential school system. In several cases, families who went to authorities to report their loved ones missing were met with indifference.

The Commission admits that the United Nations Human Rights Council’s recommendations have called for a “concerted effort to better protect Aboriginal women against violence, with particular emphasis on addressing their low socio-economic status and the impacts of discrimination”.

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nation has called violence against indigenous women “unacceptable”. In his video pledge, to end violence against and among indigenous people, he says there are currently 600 unresolved cases of violence involving indigenous women who have either been murdered or remain missing.

The reasons are admittedly complex, but it has been clearly acknowledged that racism in the form of discrimination plays a big role in the suffering of Aboriginal women.

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