SlutWalk Hong Kong

Women wearing pyjamas rallied in the city center for the 2013 Slutwalk

Women wearing pyjamas rallied in the city centre for the 2013 SlutWalk

Originating from Toronto, Canada, the SlutWalk movement has quickly become an awakening with 80 walks all over the world from London to Calcutta to Chicago and, more recently, Hong Kong.

The SlutWalk movement was born in April 2011 when a Canadian police officer made a statement that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimised.” This prompted the movement to end slut shaming, sexual profiling and victim blaming. It was founded by people in their own cities who felt they needed to speak up for those blamed for actions they didn’t not cause or encourage.

The term “slut” originally meant “untidy women” but slowly it changed to become a gender assassination, a sexual suppression. This is a term thrown by men to label women that were promiscuous or wore revealing attire, but where is the male equivalent to the word? -It doesn’t exist.

Hong Kong’s Secretary for Security Lai Tung-Kwok said “Women should not drink too much to avoid rape” He received a plethora of backlash.


  • SlutWalk was started in 2011 in Toronto Canada which was a response to a police officer which made the statement “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised”
  • In Hong Kong, sexual abuse is the second most common type of abuse this year (after physical abuse)
  • Someone in the US is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes
  • In South Africa, a woman is killed every 6 hours by an intimate partner
  • In Sao Paulo, Brazil, a woman is assaulted every 15 seconds
  • 1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before they reach their 18th birthday
  • In Afghanistan, woman are imprisoned for being raped
  • 1 in 6 women in America has been the victim of an attempted rape in her lifetime

SlutWalk is a movement that hopes to encourage women to embrace their sexuality and to put shame and blame where it belongs – with the perpetrators.

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