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lifeinleggings leads feminist action in Bim

What’s in a hashtag? For women logged into the Caribbean blogosphere it’s the means to segue from silence and shame, launch a crusade via social media and transition from trending on Facebook to treading through streets of a commercial capital in defiance of sexual harassment and normalisation of rape-culture and to agitate against all forms of gender-based violence (GBV). For Feminist blogger and activist Ronelle King, who along with her friend Allyson Benn coined the #lifeinleggings hashtag on Facebook in November 2016 in response to being persecuted on the streets of Barbados, the hashtag is all about advocacy and creating a space to be heard. King explains that it represents “the desire to resist misogyny masquerading as culture […]. The refusal to suffer in silence another day and the need to re-educate society that women have a right to exist in public spaces without fear of sexual violence.” King’s use of the social media platform to share her experiences quickly went viral with women across race, class, religion and ethnicity in the region and beyond breaking the silence on sexual harassment and abuse and saw women sharing their own testimonies of GBV. A town hall meeting to debate the social scourge

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