Saturday, October 13, 2012

Labour women urge boycott of Carnage "Pimps and Hoes"

Rachael on Granada
Councillor Rachael O'Byrne is spearheading a campaign in Liverpool to draw attention to a sexist students' event. She has won the support of the 34 Labour women Councillors in Liverpool and has now released this statement below. Good on you Rachael!

Liverpool’s Labour Women Councillors are calling for businesses to boycott a bar crawl called “Pimps and Hoes” this weekend (Sunday 14 October).

On 14th October 2012, Carnage UK will be hosting a 'Pimps and Hoes' night in Liverpool. We, the Labour women of Liverpool City Council, are calling on all local businesses to distance themselves from this event.

We are proud that Liverpool has been awarded Purple Flag status - an award which recognises a safe, clean and well-managed city centre. Indeed, we have one of the safest city centres in the country. Events such as Carnage UK, that go against these principles, are not welcome in our city.

Carnage UK is a student 'bar crawl' event that is actively not prompted in all three of our University Students’ Unions, and the National Union of Students (NUS) has called for it to be banned. It has been heavily criticised for causing anti-social behaviour and putting participants' welfare at risk through unsafe drinking.

When questioned about the events encouraging binge drinking, Paul Bahia, the founder of Varsity Leisure Group which owns Carnage UK, has stated: “Our events are heavily focused on group identity, social and ethical cohesion and fancy dress themes.”

Councillor Rachael O’Byrne said on the “In this instance 'Pimps and Hoes' seems neither ethically nor socially cohesive. The theme is blatant in its sexism and perpetuates the objectification and exploitation of women.”

The NUS commissioned a piece of research of female students experience of violence, it found that 1 in 7 students have been a victim of sexual assault or violence. We are disgusted that Carnage UK will be hosting a night in Liverpool that trivialises the issues of violence against women.

Themes such as ‘Pimps and Hoes’ sexualise women’s inequality and creates a climate where rape culture is trivialised and indeed actively contributes to upholding it. As a city we have a responsibility to tackle, not celebrate, a culture which enables sexual violence against women.

This event also glorifies the severe consequences of some of those involved in prostitution and sex trafficking. Human trafficking is the fastest growing form of international crime and is now the second largest illegal trade in the world with the UK a significant destination country for women, children and men to be trafficked into the sex trade. Individuals trafficked for sexual exploitation suffer extreme violations of their human rights and the relationship
between a prostitute and their pimp is often abusive and possessive.

This is not something we believe that the night time economy should celebrate in our city. We are united against Carnage UK and hope you will be too.

News coverage so far: 
Granada Reports
In news reports on Juice FM, Radio City 96.7 and City Talk FM
Report on North West Real Radio- To be played Saturday

Sadly nothing in the Echo yet

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