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Trinidad’s Feminist Anthem at Carnival 2017

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A report from TeleSur.

The movement aims to raise awareness about gender violence and create space for women’s autonomy, empowerment and self-determination around their sexuality.

Soca music, rum, and gyrating hips fill the streets of Trinidad during the annual Carnival festival — the biggest party of the year on the island. This year, the feminist anthem “Leave Me Alone” is the new rallying cry of women festival-goers in a stand against the misogyny and gendered violence of Carnivals past.

The jaunty track by 76-year-old music legend Calypso Rose features her flippantly singing about a woman trying to dance in the streets, rejecting advances of men, exhorting them to “leave me, let me free up.”

“It’s like a rallying cry for women who just want to be able to have the option of enjoying their Carnival — Carnival being that space of freedom,” Attillah Springer, a Trinidadian writer and activist…

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