As Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), we are all too familiar with facing barriers and discrimination based on who we are and where we or our families come from. 

AAPI women are forced to live with stereotypes that take away our humanity and reduce us to sexualized objects. Caught in this intersectional web of racism, sexism, and dehumanization, AAPI women have reported two to three times more instances of violence and harassment than men. 

To this, we say no more. 

AAPI women deserve safety in public spaces. And in the fight to take back our humanity, we seek to tackle the root causes of racism and white supremacy in solidarity with other communities of color so that everyone is free from racial and gender oppression.

Responding to the Atlanta Spa Killings

On March 16, 2021, eight people, including six Asian American women, were killed in shootings at three Atlanta-area spas. 

The Asian American women murdered in these shootings faced a specific racialized and gendered violence for being Asian women and massage workers. The shooter targeted spas in the Asian community, blaming them for his “addiction to sex” – a deadly and disgusting racialized sexualization of Asian women.

In response, NAPAWF held vigils to grieve with our communities in Atlanta and across the country and worked to reshape the public narrative and humanity of AAPI women.

We must center AAPI women and elders.

Sign our petition: responses to incidents of AAPI hate must be intersectional and responsive to the needs of AAPI women and elders.

Types of Hate Incidents, by Asian American Women, by Subgroups

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