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:

Emma Rainey
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Emma is an Irish migrant based in Brussels, Belgium. She studied Criminology and Sociology as an undergrad at Queen's University Belfast and pursued her MSc. at KU Leuven. Emma volunteered for BXL-Irish for Choice fighting for reproductive justice for the island of Ireland and was also a co-Founder of Young Feminist Europe. For her daily job, Emma works for The Brussels Binder - an initiative that aims to promote women's voices in European debates and is also a board member of 50:50NI, advocating for gender parity in local elections in Northern Ireland. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmaL_R90.

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