On the 25 November 2018, more than 5000 people took to the streets of Brussels to march as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Demonstrators were carrying banners and placards containing powerful messages against male violence towards women. In light of recent events in Ireland, where a victim of rape was accused of ‘consenting’ due to her choice of underwear, phrases such as “NOT CONSENT” and garments of lacy underwear were on display in protest of victim blaming and rape culture myths. 

The feeling of European feminist solidarity was palpable. 

Check out the picture of the march below:

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Emma Rainey
Emma is an Irish migrant based in Brussels, Belgium. She studied Criminology and Sociology as an undergrad at Queen's University Belfast and is currently pursuing a MSc. in Communications for Development at Malmö University. She is the Digital Comms & Campaigns lead for Young Feminist Europe and also volunteers as a steering group member for BXL-Irish for Choice. You can follow her on Twitter @afootin2place.

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