There’s a global upsurge of women’s organizing. The most audacious leaders aren’t fighting for small changes, they’re aiming to dig out the roots of sexism and consign it to the trash heap of history.
In the past few years, Latin American feminists led massive demonstrations against femicide, rape and female disappearances; and for abortion rights in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. Some 5.3 million people held a 24-hour strike across Spain on International Women’s Day 2019 to protest gender discrimination.
The Covid-19 crisis may be keeping people apart, but it’s not slowing a tide of border-busting collaboration.
Feministas Transfronterizas (Cross-Border Feminists) consists of more than 30 feminist organizations across Europe, the Americas, and beyond, including FSP sister organization, Radical Women. For May Day they published “Manifesto to Emerge from the Pandemic Together and Change the System” in nine languages. It features support of working women, Trans folks and indigenous people.
Radical Women (Australia and U.S.) also collaborated with Mujeres por la Libertad (Argentina) and Partido Obrero Socialista (México) to release two revolutionary statements, “The Fight is International,” and “Covid-19: Women on the Front Lines Against Capitalism’s Deadly Failures.” (Find all three at radicalwomen.org.)
Here’s to all the women leaders — there’s a world to win!