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Hi babes! 👋 We’re interrupting your regularly scheduled programming to bring you the first-ever Feminist Forecast - Clothes Before Bro's new bi-weekly newsletter that will be telling you all the feminist news that made us feel something this week - whether that be angry ASF, or empowered! 💪 💕

 

Much like our other bi-weekly newsletter the Conscious Catchup, we’ll also be clueing you in on some of the exciting bits we have going on behind the scenes at Clothes Before Bro’s… sometimes before we even go public with it (so you’re basically a VIP)! 😘

 

So, if you want to smash the patriarchy - keep scrolling! 😉

 

❗TRIGGER WARNING: Today's news contains information about violence against women❗

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Community organization 'Strut Safe'! 👸

Strut Safe helps women and marginilized groups walking alone to get to their destination safely! 💖

Strut Safe is an organization founded by Rachel Chung and Alice Jackson following the murder of Sarah Everard in March of 2021, and now has over fifty volunteers across the UK! 💪

Strut Safe offers free walks home in Edinburgh, as well as a free phone service for the entire UK! So, if you ever want someone to talk to on the way home- give them a ring!📱

Their phone lines are open Friday and Saturday from 7pm-3am and Sunday from 7pm-1am! 💕

They are recruiting volunteers at the moment - so if you have a few hours in the week to spare for an amazing cause, click the image below to find out more! 🤩

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This Sunday it was International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, which came with the tragic news of another death from female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sierra Leone❗

Recent post-mortem results confirmed that on the 20 December 2021, 21-year-old Maseray Sei died from acute bleeding and shock a day after being subjected to FGM 💔

What is FGM?

• FGM stands for Female Genital Mutilation, which according to the End FGM European Network, is a ‘procedure involving the removal of the external female genitalia or injuries to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons’ ❌

• FGM is usually performed by traditional practitioners using a sharp object such as a knife, a razor blade, or broken glass ⛓️

• ​​Despite FGM being internationally recognized as a gross human rights violation, it still occurs in over 90 countries and a multitude of communities around the world 🌎

• ‘Immediate consequences of FGM include severe pain and bleeding, shock, difficulty in passing urine, infections, injury to nearby genital tissue, and sometimes death.
In addition to the severe pain during and in the weeks following the cutting, women who have undergone FGM experience various long-term effects - physical, sexual and psychological‘ - The End FGM European Network 🚑

• ‘The pain inflicted by FGM does not stop with the initial procedure, but often continues as ongoing torture throughout a woman’s life’ - Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur 👩

So, what is being done to help?

• Activists both in Sierra Leone and across the globe are coming together to co-sign a letter calling on the Government of Sierra Leone to criminalize FGM ✉️

• However, in the past organizations in Sierra Leone wrote to the President and Attorney General each time there was an FGM related death, and never even received a reply 😡

• Various politicians seeking election in Sierra Leone have also made political pronouncements in support of FGM, with some even offering to pay for women and girls to be cut - so it seems this battle for criminalization may be a long one 😭

• In Kurdistan, along with other countries where the practice IS banned/illegal, FGM still takes place… so the law may not even have an impact 👎

If you want to help, please research and donate to charities that are supporting communities in which FGM occurs - we recommend the Orchid Project- a charity solely focused on ending female genital mutilation! ❤️

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• Female genital cutting affects over 200 million women and girls around the world (The Orchid Project) ❌

• 4.1 million girls are at risk of FGM each year (The Orchid Project) ❗

• Sierra Leone has one the highest FGM prevalence rates in Africa, with 83% of women and girls aged between 15 and 49 years having undergone the procedure (The Demographic Health Survey, 2019) 💔

• In Kenya, around 4 million women and girls have been subjected to FGM (The United Nations) 👎

• At least 200 million girls and women alive today living in 30 countries have undergone FGM (UNICEF, 2021) 🙏

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This week has been eventful! 💕

• We did our first Instagram Live, it was so lovely talking with you all in the comments, and sharing more about us and the brand! ❤️

• We’re due to be receiving samples of our new collection! SO EXCITING! 🎉

• We uploaded our discontinued feminist slogan tees exclusively on ESOOKO for the low price of £10 (If you got a Galentine’s Box, be sure to check out our tees and tote bags, on there and use that voucher up! 😉)

• Galentine's boxes were a COMPLETE sell-out, they were ALL gone in 54 minutes! 😍
If you didn’t manage to get one, we’re sorry... but keep an eye out as we’re hoping to do more boxes later in the year!

We hope you enjoyed this week's Feminist Forecast! 🤩

As always, please get in touch if you think we should talk about something in particular next time - we love speaking with you all and building an amazing community of fabulous feminists 👸

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