Led by the organization of the women’s march in Washington, D.C. thousands on thousands of women in cities across the globe, Washington, D.C., Sydney, Nairobi, Boston, Denver, Paris, Park City, Cape Town Atlanta, Phoenix, London, Prague, Chicago, took to the streets to mark another moment in history where women stood in one voice to affirm that women’s rights are human rights, that regardless of the threats that are made to reverse our rights in the full exercise of our humanity, we will stand in solidarity with resistance movements to resist all forms of bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic, behavior and action.
The most dangerous compromise of our time is to aimlessly watch and wait for history to repeat itself, as our rights, the rights that our mothers and foremothers through their sweat, blood, tears, sacrifice relentlessly fought for, are threatened and endangered. History is an extremely powerful tool that teaches us that our bodies, our voices, our experiences, were relegated to the margins of society simply because of our sex, and the Social constructed notions of our gender, which rendered us inferior.
The feminist struggle of equality is not one that begins with our generation, as such is one that must be carried until every girl child in the world can fully exercise and shamelessly and fearlessly speak on the inalienable rights of which she was born. As the “threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” when our justice is threatened and that threat ranks at the highest levels of global power, we stand up, we march and we resist. When the justice of our dear sisters anywhere in the world is questioned, we too stand up and speak and fight until they too can fully realize and live their rights.
This is our cause; it is our struggle. Our ability to continue to fully exercise our freedom, to live our rights, to actively and credibly participate in civil society, is hinged on what we to today. How we stand up and what we stand up for, matters. Our sisterhood, it matters. As we have learned to recognize the diversity in our stories, and our lived experience, we have too found spaces by which we can stand as one. Today, as we continue to reclaim our rights at the table through parity and equity at all levels, I stand not as my sister’s keeper, I stand as my sister.
-Unravel Away Artist-