Across the borders of Canada, Mexico & the USA, rides a group of female native American motorcyclists who are trying to tell the world about very well-hidden truth.
The truth backed by statistics and hard evidence. The truth which screams at people’s stoned faces and somehow is slowly hitting the mass media. The truth that every 3 days a native woman goes missing from her family and community in both the USA & Canada.
The truth that there is almost no accountability for it and that all those women seem conveniently forgotten and deleted from the system. The truth which clearly states that the indigenous women are 4-10 times more likely to experience violence, murder, and trafficking than other women nationwide. The truth that 84% of indigenous women have experienced some form of violence during their lifetime.
So, what a woman can do facing such truths? What a woman who survived trafficking, sexual or emotional abuse, rape, killing of other female members of her family can actually do? What can she do?
She can ride a bike and she can spread the word about her truth and the truth of her tribe sisters. She can share those horrendous statistics with the world and open peoples’ eyes and hearts. She can create an amazing, inspirational YouTube video to tell the whole world how women are treated in this modern world, how they are still being sold like slaves, disrespected, and used.
She can create a marketing campaign, which hopefully encourage the Police to put a bit more effort into looking into mysterious disappearance of thousands of women. She can raise money to fund search groups, healing centres and marketing campaigns spreading awareness.
She can also create a new family, full of like-minded women, who provide support to the families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. She can spread the word about missing women, collect diapers, clothing, and food items for families the missing women have left behind. She can also establish a healing centre that houses survivors of intimate partner violence, sex trafficking and sexual assaults. She can also assist survivors and their families during legal proceedings or drive them to the hospital. She can do all that and more. She also can close her eyes, ears and heart and pretend that the problem does not exist, or it does not concern her.
The biker women chose the first option. They chose to tell the truth despite whether they are being listened to or not. They are stating clearly and proudly that they are not victims or survivors, they are much more than that. They want women to regain their power, stop being a victim and raise awareness about this gender violence genocide. This is what they do, think about what YOU can do to support women, who are your neighbours, sisters, strangers but have one common problem. They are in need of your help. Here is the link to the website of the brave women bikers, your sisters in need. You can do your bit and support them sharing their truth, the truth of women in need of bravery. Help them to be visible. Spread the word. Spread their truth. One day you may be that woman. You may be the woman in need. Let’s hope there are sisters to help you. Become one of us, one of the sisters, who helps others in need.
Author: Yenifer Lance