If you’re looking for a way to combat sexism, support victims of sexual violence, and meet like-minded people who are eager to change industry discrimination; get yourself down to The Shacklewell Arms on October the 6th. We Can Do It promotions are hosting an event in aid of Rape Crisis UK, and the electric boned Findlay will be headlining with support from almighty double acts DOLLS, and SKiNNY MiLK.
Here at Gigslutz we’re keen to promote such an excellent cause, so we caught up with founder of WCDI Promotions Kelly Chard and asked her about her ethics, inspiration, and what she feels is her biggest achievement to date. Make sure you buy a ticket (all profits go direct to Rape Crisis UK) and follow the event on Facebook for updates!
“I started up WCDI because I was fed up of going to gigs full of all male band line-ups.I feel so passionate about gender equality and other than talking to people about it when I got the chance, I felt like I wasn’t doing enough to contribute to the issue. So I started up this promotions company to put on gigs with gender equal line-ups.
Feminism is given such a bad name as being man-hating and trying to be superior, but it’s not about that. It’s about working together as people to make the world a more equal place. The Industry talks mainly about festival line-ups but it happens everywhere, especially smaller nights/venues. There’s been a massive turnaround in the London punk scene recently which is really exciting to see and I want that to carry on into rock as well.
Everyone knows that when something horrific happens to you the memories stay ingrained in you forever. Having experienced sexism myself as many females do day to day, I can’t imagine the type of pain something as severe as rape can cause. You can try to understand in your mind but you can’t even begin to capture the feelings. Rape Crisis is such an incredibly important organisation for women who have been affected by sexual violence and for the people around them who need to give them every day support. These women need people who can help them begin to rebuild their lives and show them that they’re not alone.
Choosing Rape Crisis as the charity to support for the gig seemed like the most fitting organisation. I want the gig to most importantly raise as much money for them as possible so that they can keep on running the organisation, but also to be a collective of people who care about gender equality and want to stand up and fight for it. We have an incredible line-up of musicians who want to stand up with us and it’s vital that we pull together to stamp out this issue.
I’m not really sure about achievements! Obviously I’m so happy to be running this company and so many people have been so lovely and supporting with it. I would say it’s my biggest achievement so far though. Although I’m still very much at the beginning I feel like already it’s making a difference. I’ve come across other feminist promotion companies along the way (Who Run The World, LOUD WOMEN) and I feel like together we can achieve something. We’re all battling our own demons, I’m definitely not perfect but if I can make even the slightest difference then I’ll be happy.
One of my favourite lyrics at the moment is from Deap Vally’s ‘Smile More’ “And yes I am Feminist, but that’s not why I started doing this, sometimes I’m full of bitterness, but I’m trying to work through this”. Sometimes it’s difficult to not just get angry with the world and some of the people in it but you just have to look at the bigger picture. Everyone just has to do what makes them happy and we should all be able to do that no matter what our gender, skin colour, sexual orientation. The world would be a much better place if we all just worked together and stopped putting each other down all the time.
Being a musician myself, I want to be able to do what I love the most; gig around the world and not feel uncomfortable or threatened, to be able to express myself and have the same opportunities and freedom as a male musician has.”
Thank you to Kelly for her time, and make sure you head down to the gig on the 6th October!