Abort the Patriarchy Benefit Eatcafé & Concert

ABORT PATRIARCHY:

Benefit Eatcafé & Concert for the Abortion Network Amsterdam!

On the 22nd of March, the feminist initiative Kattenkwaad organizes a benefit eatcafé and a concert for Abortion Network Amsterdam (ANA).

About the Abortion Network Amsterdam (ANA)

ANA exists is a group of volunteers who came together to create a network of support for women who don’t have access to safe abortion because of a number of reasons:
– they don’t have access to legal abortion in the country of origin;
– the country where they reside doesn’t provide late term abortion;
– they don’t have access to legal abortion because of their status in the country

ANA provides the women with housing and some of the basic needs, help with transportation and translation in some cases. We make sure they get all the documents needed for the abortion, help set up an appointment and choose the appropriate clinic.

Concert Line-Up

19h Classical music from female composers
20h Laura Agnusdei, Electroacoustic
21h Mala Herba, Synth Witchcraft
22h Prophetiae Sibyllarum, Witch Noise and Drone

The feminist VOKU starts around 18h (suggested donation: 5 euros).
The concert start around 20h.

Address: Violenweg 2, 2597KL, The Hague

Date: 22nd of March

Het Patriarkraakt: Talkinggroup about Toxic Masculinity

Het Patriarkraakt is a monthly talking group about toxic masculinity. We hope to create a space for self-reflection, to educate each other about feminism and sexism. To enable us to think in a healthy way about these issues, and to learn healthy behavior. A space to share questions, doubts, experiences and self-criticism.

The third session takes places on March 13th, this time in The Hague. This session we’re combining parts of the first two sessions. We will discuss what the patriarchy is and how it has operated in our lives. Then we’ll be looking for way to make our activist spaces safer for women, trans people and queers.

Everyone is welcome, but the talking group is focused on (the experiences of):
– Cis men
– People who want to unlearn toxic masculinity (regardless of your gender)

If this doesn’t apply to you, then you are still very much welcome. Especially if you think others can learn from you, or if you think you can learn from others.

Why do we do this?
In this patriarchal society we are taught toxic masculinity. This means that we are not able to sustain relationships in a healthy way (friendly, romantic…) . We learn to emotionally cut ourselves off from ourselves and others. We learn that aggression and violence are the only means to solve conflicts. We learn that we don’t need to listen to women/non-men and that we can cross their personal boundaries. We learn to commit sexual violence and to see it as normal or innocent.

Our activist spaces are not free from toxic masculinity. Here too we find sexism and sexual violence. Here too there is a dude-culture (brocialism/manarchism). We want to change this. We hope that this talking group will contribute to making activist spaces safer for women, non-men, trans people and queers.

Information:
Wednesday March 13th
Ruige Rog (Roggeveenstraat 56), The Hague
19:00 vegan food
19:30 start program

Preparing for the Women’s* March on Amsterdam

On the 9th of March is the Women’s* March on Amsterdam!

Kattenkwaad will join the March and walk in the intersectional and anticapitalist block. If you also want to go, and would like to make a banner or a sign, you are welcome to join our preperation meeting on the 8th of March!

We will meet at the Samenscholing around 19:00, and together start making banners/signs. If you don’t know what to make, you can help us with painting the Kattenkwaad banner.

There will be vegan snacks at the preperation meeting and nice music.

We hope to see you there!

More information on the Women’s* March on Amsterdam can be found on their Facebook event: Women’s* March on Amsterdam
More information on the intersectional and anti-capitalist block can be found on the Facebook event created by the Vrije Bond: Intersectional/Anticapitalist block

Women* refers to everyone who identifies as a woman, or who struggles with being misgendered as a woman.

Time: 19:00
Address: Samenscholing, Beatrijsstraat 12, The Hague

International Women’s* Month

Yes, it’s international women’s* month! Of course, for many amongst us, every day is women’s* day. If you have to fight sexism and other inequalities that intersect with sexism, you will reflect on being a woman more often than only this month. But what is great about this month is that there are many feminist activities planned. So we made a selection of some events you can go to!

2.03 Untold Stories: The South Asian #MeToo Movement, Den Haag

https://www.facebook.com/events/236186910598033/

3.03 Siksa & Pochwalone in Amsterdam // benefit for ANA, Amsterdam

https://www.facebook.com/events/797890770545561/

3.03 BFB: Black Feminism & Experimental Cinema – Barbara McCullough, Amsterdam

https://www.facebook.com/events/2269108353412338/

8.03 International Women´s Day Show, Amsterdam

https://www.facebook.com/events/1976911645938627/

8.03 International Women’s Day – Tribute to Ama Ata Aidoo, Amsterdam

https://www.facebook.com/events/491805378013494/

8.03 Mama Cash Feminist Festival, Groningen, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht

In different cities, the nongovernmental organisation Mama Cash is hosting festivals together with art institutions.

https://www.mamacash.org/nl/feminist-festival

8.03 Preparing for the Women’s March on the 9th, Den Haag

On the 8th of March Kattenkwaad will be preparing for going to the Women’s March in Amsterdam. Are you living in The Hague or feel like preparing for the March together with other feminists? You are very welcome to join! There will be some baked goods in a feminist sphere. More information will follow!

9.03 Women’s March, Amsterdam

https://www.facebook.com/events/135577197347159/

10.03 Feminist block on the Climate March, Amsterdam

https://www.facebook.com/events/143296619944772/

22.03 Abort the Patriarchy Benefit Concert for ANA, Den Haag

Kattenkwaad will be organising a benefit concert for ANA. More details will follow soon.

If you know any other events in or around The Hague, share it with us! Hopefully these events will give you some inspiration to smash the patriarchy. Because, let’s be honest – the existence of patriarchy is not doing anyone a favour.

Women* refers to everyone who identifies as a woman, or who struggles with being misgendered as a woman.

Stand at 2.Dh5!

Are you still wondering what to do this weekend? Join us and come to the festival 2.Dh5!

The 2.Dh5 festival is a place to discuss grass-roots campaigns, tactics and methods that bring our ideals of a free and caring society closer. They do this by engaging in analyses of the current and historical context, by looking at real alternatives, and (re)discovering strategies.

There are some workshops that fit to our feminist ideals and that definetly worth going to! We will be at 2.Dh5 on Saturday, with our stand and patches, stickers, flags, some zines, and much more!

You can find more information on 2.Dh5 on their Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2231787247076217/

Or on their website: https://www.2dh5.nl/en/

Hopefully we will see you there.

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Feminist VOKU

Feminist VOKU at the Ruige Rog!

On monday the 4th of February Kattenkwaad organises a benefit eatcafé in the Ruige Rog! Since we started our collective at the end of last year, we could use some money to create some great anarcha-feminist stickers, artworks, flyers, patches and more!

Kattenkwaad is an autonomous feminist initiative from the Hague, initiated by local activists who wish to organise themselves around feminist issues in a horizontal way. We strive for a society free of racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia or other discriminatory or oppressive behaviour and consider the revealing and rejection of social inequality the first necessary step to achieve change. Therefore we organise different kinds of gatherings and actions, directly or indirectly relating to patriarchal oppression or gender inequality.

Food will be on donation and of course it will be vegan!

Address: Roggeveenstraat 56, 2518 TM, The Hague
Opening time Ruige Rog: 18:00, start of dinner: 19:00

Open Meeting Kattenkwaad

*English Below*

Open vergadering van Kattenkwaad
Op vrijdag 21 december, organiseert de autonome feministische initiatief Kattenwaad een open vergadering in de Ruige Rog.
Tijdens deze vergadering is iedereen welkom om te bespreken wat feminisme voor ons betekent, en hoe we actief vorm willen geven aan een intersectioneel feministisch initiatief. We bespreken belangrijke richtlijnen waar we als initiatief op willen focussen, en hoe we dit duidelijk kunnen maken (door middel van bijvoorbeeld een ‘code of conduct’, of een manifest).
Ook kijken we terug naar wat we hebben georganiseerd in de paar maanden dat we bestaan, maar zullen we ons vooral focussen op wat we nog meer kunnen organiseren en kunnen doen!
Als je ideeën hebt voor acties of activiteiten, ben je heel welkom om naar de vergadering te komen en je ideeën te delen en mee te discussiëren. Ook als je nog nooit bij een activiteit van Kattenkwaad bent geweest: iedereen is welkom en nieuwe perspectieven worden altijd gewaardeerd.

Tijd: 19:00
De Ruige Rog
Adres: Roggeveenstraat 56, Den Haag

Open Meeting Kattenkwaad
On Friday the 21st of December, the autonomous feminist initiative Kattenkwaad organizes an open meeting in the Ruige Rog.
Everyone is welcome to come to this meeting and discuss what feminism means for us, and how we can actively give this form within an intersectional feminist initiative. We will discuss important standpoints that we strive to focus on as an initiative, and we will discuss how we can make this visible (e.g. through an ‘code of conduct’ or a manifest).
We will also look back at what we have organized in the few months that we exist, but we will mainly focus on what else we can organize and do!
If you have ideas for actions and activities, you are very welcome to join and share your ideas and to discuss them. If you have never been to an activity hosted by Kattenkwaad, you are also welcome: new perspectives are valued a lot.

Time: 19:00
De Ruige Rog
Address: Roggeveenstraat 56, The Hague

BAAS IN EIGEN BUIK: Acties tegen de Mars voor het Leven’

BAAS IN EIGEN BUIK!
Acties tegen ‘Mars voor het Leven’

Vandaag hebben activisten van het Haagse autonome feministische initiatief Kattenkwaad verschillende acties georganiseerd tegen de anti-abortus demonstratie van de christen-fundamentalistische groep ‘Schreeuw om Leven’ in Den Haag. Na zorgwekkende ontwikkelingen omtrent abortushulpverlening is het de hoogste tijd om op te staan voor het recht op abortus en de heropleving van de slogan ‘Baas in eigen buik!’

Rond het middaguur hebben meerdere activisten de welkomsceremonie van de ‘Mars voor het Leven’ verstoord door luid scanderend het podium op te klimmen en bordjes met ‘Baas in eigen buik’ omhoog te houden. Enkele ogenblikken later werden zij door beveiliging van het podium afgehaald. Er zijn twee arrestaties verricht.
Update 18:10: de arrestanten zijn weer vrij.

Gelijktijdig was er in de Grote Marktstraat een flyeractie op touw gezet. Feministen hadden zich er met een spandoek en een informatiepunt met warme thee opgesteld en gingen met voorbijgangers in gesprek over het recht op abortus en zelfbeschikking. Met de flyer wilden zij o.a. de aandacht vestigen op het adviesorgaan Siriz, die er zegt te willen zijn voor mensen die ongewild zwanger zijn en soms een abortus willen ondergaan. Siriz komt echter voort uit de Vereniging tot Bescherming van het Ongeboren Kind en onderzoek heeft een paar weken geleden aangetoond dat Siriz geen neutraal advies geeft over abortus. Ondanks een golf van kritiek heeft de tweede kamer in oktober besloten om de subsidie aan Siriz, die inmiddels 1,5 miljoen euro bedraagt, niet stop te zetten. Ook informeert de flyer over het faillissement van de CASA-abortusklinieken. CASA voerde de helft van alle abortussen in Nederland uit. Het Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport wilde CASA niet redden van faillissement. Helaas heeft dit een enorme impact gehad op de toegankelijkheid voor abortushulpverlening. De wachttijden voor abortus werden twee tot drie keer zo lang, waardoor het voor sommigen onmogelijk werd gemaakt om een abortus te ondergaan voor de wettelijke grens van 24 weken.

Standpunt van Kattenkwaad:

Wij zijn vóór het recht op abortus en vóór keuzevrijheid en autonomie! Abortusrecht is een mensenrecht. Iedereen moet de mogelijkheid hebben om zelf te beslissen over wat er met hun lichaam gebeurt en niemand mag ons dit recht op zelfbeschikking afnemen. Het recht op veilige abortus moet worden beschermd, zodat er geen risicovolle methoden gebruikt hoeven te worden. Intolerantie ten opzichte van individuele keuzevrijheid mag niet de ruimte krijgen om te groeien!

Baas in Eigen Buik Stencils!

In 2017 the law to make the abortionpill (or overtime pill) available at the general practitioner was reversed. A couple of months later the CASA abortion clinics, that performed half of the abortions, went bankrupt. The ministry of health, welfare and sport did nothing to prevent this. And recently a research on Siriz (an abortion aid organization) has shown that they give false and discouraging advise to those that seek information about abortion. Siriz receives €1,5 million in subsidies per year. These alarming developments around abortion rights and access to abortion need to be resisted!

We believe that everyone should have the possiblity to decide what happens to their own body. Nobody should be allowed to take away this right of self-determination. The right to safe abortion has to be protected, so that no unsafe methods need to be used to undergo abortion.

Intolerance against the individual freedom of choice cannot be allowed to grow! You can show your solidarity by getting on the streets. It’s time for ‘my body, my choice!’ (baas in eigen buik) to make a comeback.

Anyone interested in the stencil, we have some available for €5 (in The Hague). All the sales will go in to feminist actions. Send us a message and help out to spread it!

You can contact us via: kattenkwaad-haf(at)riseup.net

Feminist action at Irish Embassy

This morning, activists from the autonomous feminist initiative Kattenkwaad in The Hague, took action against the sexist outcome of a court case in Ireland. They went to the embassy of Ireland and decorated it with thongs!


In Ireland a disturbing case of victim blaming took place during a court case focussing on the rape of a 17 year old girl. The defendant’s lawyer brought up the victim’s behaviour and clothing during the trial, and used her thong as evidence against her. Eventually it was judged that the rapist was not guilty, because, according to the defendant’s lawyer, wearing a thong makes you ‘open to the possibility of being with someone and the person she became attracted to ended up being the defendant.’

Kattenkwaad wants to address the problematic results of misogynist ideas and the issue of victim blaming. The autonomous feminist initiative took this action to show that we disagree with the way this court case was run. How is wearing a thong ‘asking for it’? No means no, and only an enthusiastic yes, is a yes with consent. The reality is that it doesn’t matter what you wear, because people are getting assaulted no matter their clothing. Sadly, sexual assault happens way too often, and the assaulters almost never feel the consequences. And the people involved in this case, deciding the assaulter was not guilty, will also not bear the consequences of his deeds. The system treating rape as something excusable, should be faced with the inequality and sexism they enable. In the Hague the closest place to reach the people contributing to the Irish political situation, is the Irish embassy. Therefore we took our thongs there. Because it doesn’t matter if you walk alone at night, or how much you had to drink. Clothing does not cause rape, rapists cause rape.

We demand the person who was found innocent to be held accountable for his actions. It’s time that the men who do this are not excused. Stop victim blaming!

#Thisisnotconsent

Click here for video!