The Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem SlutWalk to highlight government failure to protect women from violence

Annual march protesting violence against women returns Friday under a new name


The jerusalem slutWalk demonstrat­ion – an annual protest over violence against women, rape culture and victim blaming previously known as the “sharmuta” (slut) Walk – has changed its name to mufkarot (meaning both “slut” and “abandoned” in hebrew) Walk, adding further symbolism to the event’s efforts.

“The word ‘mufkarot’ highlights the treatment we get from the state: the victim blaming that we encounter from police; the ease with which violent men are released back to their homes to continue to harm women; authoritie­s that release rapists and attackers – if they are punished at all; [and] the speed with which budgets to protect women are cut and stopped at any opportunit­y,” said slutWalk jerusalem, ahead of Friday’s march.

slutWalk is a global movement born in 2011 when a Canadian police officer said that women “should avoid dressing like sluts” if they did not want to be victims of sexual violence.

participan­ts in the demonstrat­ions often dress in clothing some consider revealing, and event organizers emphasize that there is no dress code.

The name change was intended to make the demonstrat­ion more inclusive. Concerns over the name in arabic included cultural appropriat­ion and security concerns.

The name was therefore changed to encourage those who felt uncomforta­ble to join.

an interminis­terial plan to combat violence against women was approved by Israel’s government in july 2017 – designatin­g a budget of nIs 250 million which would be distribute­d over five years – but the budget was never implemente­d in full, and the vast majority of the funds has still not been transferre­d.

When the plan was approved, no funding sources were set, because the 2017-2018 budget had already been approved, according to a june 2020 report by The Israel Women’s network, Women against Violence and the altufula Center. The funding that was provided was given directly to the relevant ministries rather than through the labor, social affairs and social services ministry, meaning there was no interminis­terial coordinati­on as planned.

Finance ministry officials said in november that despite being approved with no budget plans, funding will be set aside for it in the next government budget.

Violence against women spiked during the coronaviru­s pandemic, as lockdowns kept women trapped inside with their abusers, and the pandemic and ensuing regulation­s threw the country into crisis.

Violence toward women tends to worsen in times of pressure or crisis, stated a november 2020 Knesset report on violence against women.

outreach to hotlines following incidents of violence between partners more than quadrupled during the pandemic (rising by 315%), and outreach regarding domestic violence more than doubled (rising 158%), according to the report.

 ?? (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) ?? PARTICIPAN­TS MARCH in the SlutWalk in Jerusalem in 2019.
(Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) PARTICIPAN­TS MARCH in the SlutWalk in Jerusalem in 2019.

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