In recent months a new space has opened up for radical women in Christchurch to hold discussions and organise around social issues.
The Occupy Christchurch Womyn’s group first met several months ago when Occupy Christchurch remained active, but general assemblies had become tense and the safer spaces policy overlooked.
Over the course of the movement, Occupy became a difficult space for many activists to work in with its increasing inward focus, disorganised and poorly attended meetings and individuals dominating the discussion with their own agendas, often unsupported by the group.
For women in the movement, the atmosphere of Occupy Christchurch was discouraging and, at times, openly confrontational.
Though these dynamics were not limited to the movement in Christchurch and were noted by womyn around the country (see Why Have Women Left the Occupy Movement in the April 2012 issue of The Spark or online at http://bit.ly/HZoOCy), Christchurch activists have worked to create a welcoming space alongside the wider Occupy group to discuss issues specifically impacting on womyn in our communities. Read the rest of this entry »