BYP 100 described She Safe, We Safe as a movement to end the different forms of gender violence that affect black women, girls, femmes and gender non-conforming. They said on their website that they are “embracing a dual strategy approach, which means that we will work to both shift culture and establish new ways of keeping each other safe within our communities AND work to fight against the violence of the state, particularly the patriarchal violence of the police.”
The goals of the campaign are to:
- Increase interventions to gender-based violence available to black women, girls, gender non-conforming people, and communities that do not rely on contact with the police.
- Reallocate funding from the police to community-determined programs that address gender-based violence in black communities.
“Gender-based violence is a systemic plague – from law enforcement, child protective services, public schools, welfare agencies, and public housing,” BYP 100 said in an email. “It is also interpersonal – from our partners, family members, and neighbors. It’s in the fibers of our culture and leaves no place for Black women, girls, femmes, trans and gnc people to feel safe. We deserve to be protected and have dignity in our homes and in our communities.”
The statistics are brutal. Studies have shown that black women are three times as likely to be killed by a partner as women of other races. Nearly half of all black transgender women have been in jail in their life time and trans women of color suffer from the highest rates of violence of any group in the country.
People can donate, sign a non-violence pledge and learn more about the campaign at https://www.shesafewesafe.org/.