One out of 6 to 10 women (statistics vary a lot per country) will be confronted with sexual harassment or sexual abuse at some point in their life.
The original purpose of "Me Too" as used by Tarana Burke in 2006 was to empower women through empathy, especially young and vulnerable women.
On October 15, 2017, American actress Alyssa Milano posted on Twitter, "If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem".
The movement has taken of the last 2 years in many countries among the globe and the magnitude of the problem has never been clearer.
We as women are becoming more and more aware that we have a lot of healing to do and that there are more women than we thought that have faced and have struggled with the same issues. The collective pain we as women feel, has to be addressed socially and politically and to do that we have to heal ourselves and each other first. Nobody will do that for us.
What are women's circles ?
For centuries women have been coming together to celebrate the highs of life, commemorate the low ones, and generally strengthen the bonds of sisterhood through conversation and shared experiences. Women’s circles are gatherings of women for women. Sometimes referred to as red tents, or moon lodges, the circles are spaces open to all ages, in which women gather. To this day, circles are a “supportive environment” in which women can be heard, held and seen without judgement.
A circle is a space for self-reflection and rest, free of judgement. Gatherings are typically opened by one individual who encourages the group to connect as a sisterhood, and to share their wisdom and experiences.
But as society has become more fragmented, and the pace and demands of life have become ever more hectic, it’s increasingly harder for women from all walks and stages of life to converge and share a space where they can grow and learn together.
That is why we came up with the idea of online women circles on metoo topics.
We will do the sessions by zoom in small groups. Depending on how much interest there is we will create groups in spanish and english.
In our circles we will share and reflect on our own experiences with harassment.
What does this movement mean for us? How do we cope with sexual harassment? How do we deal with harassment at work? And how can we support each other? We will share our ideas and stories and explore how can we heal from these experiences. This series on online circles will explore the theme and we will embark on a collective journey to explore the different ways of dealing with it and what that can look and feel like.
Illustrator: Libby VanderPloeg
The circles will have the following set of topics addressed:
Sharing of experiences
Harassment at work and how to deal with it
Who to tell and when
Harassment in family situations
How to heal
And whatever topic that comes up during our circles that we want to address together
Come and try it out! You do not have to commit to anything. Come and listen and you can decide if you want to join for other sessions as well. No obligation to commit to more then one session. Fill out the form below and let us know which of the sessions you would like to join as your first circle. Payment can be done with any credit card by paypal, bizum (a spanish peer to peer payment system) or transfer. Participating in a session is only 10 euros.
Or if you prefer to meet in person you can check out our #meetoo healing weekends in Alaya Retreat Centre Here!
Facilitator: Ellen Christiaanse
and unpublished writer.