#PressForProgress, Let’s raise our voices together to make International Women’s Day Inclusive & Intersectional !
March 8, 2018
By Juliette Beaulaton & Cristina Cumbreño
On this year’s International Women’s Day, we celebrate women* who, through their actions, challenged the status quo, contributed to the fight for women’s rights and towards equality and empowered women around them. It is a time to reflect upon the intense year that was 2017 for women’s rights and gender equality, and prepare ourselves for new challenges. Last year was marked by a series of profound setbacks, such as the ‘Global Gag Rule” or resurgent threats to women’s sexual and reproductive rights in European countries like Lithuania, Slovakia, Spain, Poland and Russia, but also real achievements.
It will be remembered as the year when women* made their voices heard by taking the streets and sharing their stories. After years of activism and battles for respect and equality, the revelation of widespread sexual harassment and violence cases in Hollywood was the last drop that made the cup run over. After years of silencing of women’s experiences, we finally felt empowered to speak up about everyday situation of sexism, realising that this situation was simply no longer tolerable. It also meant realising how much power women had as a group. It has been a year of intense debate, but also solidarity between women. In 2018, it is now time to #PressforProgress
We have managed to place women’s rights and gender equality in the spotlight and we now need to ensure that it leads to concrete results. International Women’s Day does not belong to any group or any country, it is a collective celebration that knows no borders and offers us the opportunity to unify and press for change.
We need to find strength in the diversity of women* and activism and ensure that progress is not achieved to the detriment of more vulnerable groups. This year’s theme for the International Women’s Day, “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives” celebrates this diversity and sheds light on less visible battles and forms of activism. Adopting an intersectional approach highlights how important it is to look at the diversity of situations to ensure that the fight for gender equality becomes always more inclusive.
Through its Focus Area Equal Rights and thanks to the incredible work of local antennae and individuals, AEGEE is committed to advancing the rights of young women*. We inspire to be a platform for those who whish to speak up and fight for a more equal society. On 8 March, AEGEE encourages you to join events, speak up on social media, show your support and celebrate the people around you that dedicate their lives to advancing women’s rights and gender equality.
Let’s make this 8 March and the following ones intersectional & inclusive, and let’s keep on being loud!