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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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Body positive/fashion micro-influencer Lucy-Jane! 😇

True to her motto of being ‘stylish with a stoma’, Lucy Jane is KILLING it on Instagram and TikTok RN! 🔥

Lucy Jane is smashing the taboo around stoma surgery and ileostomy bags, sharing educational content on how the procedure gave her her life back! ❤️

Lucy Jane rocks stunning lingerie, bikinis, and bodycon dresses in her content with pride despite the stigma attached to Stoma’s (even once having a health ‘professional’ telling her that her ‘bikini wearing days are over’ 🙄) and looks absolutely beautiful whilst doing it! 😍

Lucy Jane also has an amazing and unique personal style, and is a huge advocate for upcycling and thrifting! What a QUEEN! 👸

We were lucky enough to work with Lucy-Jane on our new video series Taboo Tuesday, so click the image below to check it out and be sure to follow @lucyjane.fashion on IG and TikTok! 💖

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Yesterday in a landmark decision, Colombia decriminalized abortion procedures up to 24 weeks! 🎉

This is a huge step in the right direction towards greater abortion access! 💕

The triumph followed the feminist ‘Marea Verde’ or ‘Green Wave’ movement, that has been sweeping Latin America and seeing women take to the streets in protest 💚

So, what were the abortion laws before decriminalization?

• As a largely Catholic country, Colombian Law reflected these beliefs and so for the last 15 years only allowed abortions under three circumstances:

1. If the mother’s life was endangered❗

2. If the pregnancy was a product of rape❗

3. If the fetus was fatally deformed❗

What did this mean for women that tried to pursue an abortion illegally? 🤔

• Women faced anywhere from 16 to 54 months in prison for terminating a pregnancy outside of these three circumstances ❌

• This meant that abortions were often undertaken in secret and in unsafe conditions 💔

Green Wave protestor Marison Rivera states:

‘There’s not a single woman in Colombia who doesn’t know someone who has had to get a clandestine abortion, but little-by-little, we’re changing that' 💪

Considering that prior to 2006, abortion in Colombia was illegal without ANY exceptions, this new ruling shows how far the pro-choice and feminist movement has come in the past few decades! 🤯

Advocates say this represents a major step forward for women’s rights across the region, especially as it is forcing other Latin American countries to consider similar changes to their abortion laws! 👍

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• Every year, 760,000 women in Latin America are treated for complications from unsafe abortions (Guttmacher Institute, 2018) ❌

• These abortions account for 1 out of 10 maternal deaths in the region (Guttmacher Institute, 2018) 💔

• Thirty-three percent of all women having unsafe abortions experience complications that require medical attention, but the complication rate is as high as 53% among poor rural women (Guttmacher Institute, 2013) ❗

• During 2020, at least 26,223 unsafe abortions were carried out across Colombia (Profamilia, 2021) 👎

• At least 350 women were convicted or sanctioned for abortions between 2006 and mid-2019, including at least 20 girls under the age of 18. (Causa Justa, 2020 ) ⛓️

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This week has been a fun one! 💕

• We relaunched Taboo Tuesdays over on our Instagram! This is a series in which we get creators to talk about important topics that have a stigma attached to them! 🎉

• We started Taboo Tuesdays in an IGTV format back when the brand was first created, but the project had to be put on pause as the brand grew...

• BUT, now we're bringing Taboo Tuesdays back in reel format, and aim to use our platform to break some taboos! ❤️

• Laura sourced more jeans from wholesale, which means there should be an upload coming this week! 🤩

• Dom has been busy making excess unwanted skinny jeans into some gorgeous flares, and Emily has been busy photographing them! 📸

• We began arranging our pop-up event with Urban Outfitters, which if it all goes to plan, should be happening next month! 😍

• We've been gearing up for our collection launch that will be dropping on International Women's Day! 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩

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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