A Feminist Survival Guide to Seattle
When: Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30PM
Where: University of Washington, Ronald Geballe Auditorium A102
The School of Social Work’s student group Fourth Wave Feminists is organizing a presentation featuring two amazing female activists. Two organizers, from Vancouver, B.C. will be coming to the UW campus to present on the impact of prostitution on Canadian indigenous women and girls and to discuss the ramifications of the recent changes to National Canadian prostitution policies.
Cherry Smiley, from the Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) and Dine’ (Navajo) Nations, is an artist and Indigenous feminist activist. Cherry is a co-founder of Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry (IWASI), an unfunded group of Indigenous women and girls that work toward ending prostitution and advocate for the restoration of traditional Indigenous beliefs and structures that value women and girls. Currently, she is the Campaign Coordinator for the Feminist Alliance for International Actions (FAFIA) Campaign of Solidarity with Aboriginal Women. This campaign seeks to bring attention to the reports being released by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the human rights violations of Canada’s Aboriginal women and girls.
Trisha Baptie is the founding member of EVE (formerly Exploited Voices now Educating) a national group of former sex industry women who challenge the idea of sex as work and view the demand for paid sex as violence against women and prostitution as the product of systemic oppression of women and children. She is a prominent activist and consultant and is a sought after presenter and writer regarding the issue of abolition, women’s equality and violence against women