Each March, in keeping with our annual tradition, people from near and far gather in Harlem to celebrate International Women’s Day: “‘Women’s Struggles Transform the World’: An International Women’s Day Celebration.”
Movement for Justice in El Barrio, a community organization based in East Harlem, host attendees from throughout the country and around the world.
Women around the world are rising up and saying, “Enough!”
From Chinatown to Chiapas, from South Africa to Morocco to Spain, from El Barrio to Greece to Ayotzinapa and in all of the places in between, we know that there are women like ourselves rising up with dignity and fighting back against injustice and inequality in defense of our communities.
As we struggle here, we do not forget our sisters resisting in the far corners of the world.
Nor do we forget where we come from and that many of us have already experienced displacement from our homelands.
Women around the world are outraged by the staggering inequalities, the violence and deceit, the hatred of democracy, the flagrant corruption and utter disregard for life on this planet that characterize our society, our economy, our governments. We are all struggling against this nightmarish status quo, and laying seeds for a new world in the process.
At the forefront of these global movements are countless dignified women whose cry of “Enough!” resounds in different colors, in different languages, across the lands. They are spearheading these movements, and battling injustice head-on and without compromise, often at enormous risk.
Those from above attempt to repress them; those from “within” attempt to disregard and silence them. But they are insurmountable, and with their dignified struggles, transform our world each day.
In keeping with our annual tradition of celebrating International Women’s Day, Movement for Justice in El Barrio invites all to join us, as we honor the tremendous leadership and indispensable contributions of women who fight for dignity and justice everywhere.