Today the world finally learns of her name – RIP Jyoti Singh Pandey.
In light of her story as well as the many unnamed unsung women victims there, here and worldwide, a group of young Asian women with the support of Shakti, are organising a silent protest to mourn in solidarity and extend aroha and support to those still in grief and disbelief over this injustice.
Why a silent protest? Because words cannot express the pain and rage we have been carrying in our hearts since the loss of our sisters.
Our mana has been broken!
Immigrant women of colour and young people in Aotearoa New Zealand seek the tautoko of all members of New Zealand society, from all walks of life, to join us for a silent protest in honour of the women victims and their families. Join us as we rise against rape culture and collectively build hope and strength.
In respect of Indian custom, wear something white as a colour for mourning. Black scarves will be distributed at the event for people to wear as masks symbolising our “silence”. You may bring posters and placards to “speak”. Silent protest will go for 30 minutes, after which speakers from the community will be invited to share a few words.
When: Saturday 12 January 2012
Where: Aotea Square
What: Gather from 1pm
This event is graciously supported by SHAKTI (http://shakti.org.nz/)