An open letter to the state agencies who fail to protect women from male violence and exploitation. We are women — mothers, daughters, and sisters — who struggle to make ends meet in Vancouver.
We understand the financial difficulties women in the city experience while trying to live an independent life, free from male violence. Each and every one of us has felt this oppression.
Women are resourceful. They access all of the support that is available to them — whether it be government programs, voluntary societies, friends, or family.
However, even with this support women still struggle to survive. Recently we heard that men are offering housing in exchange for sex via Craigslist. We believe these promote prostitution.
We are critical of our current economic system and governmental institutions that leave women vulnerable to male violence. They have created a world where women are often left vulnerable to male violence.
We want men to stop exploiting women. We want men to stop seeing women as sexualized objects to buy and sell whenever they please. We demand affordable housing, affordable nutritious food, free childcare, prosecution of johns and pimps, and the implementation of a Guaranteed Livable Income.
We demand that the provincial and municipal governments and the criminal justice system do their jobs: to protect women and hold violent men able. Women deserve to be treated with dignity and live without fear that they will be further exploited by men.
We hope this letter is taken into consideration. ZIP: 98684 98664 98665 98660 98661 98662 98663 98682 98683 98687