“We are powerful because we have survived, and that is what it is all about; survival and growth.”
― Audre Lorde
The history and spirit of International Women’s Day reminds us that we stand on the shoulders of giants. This day reminds us that justice has never come from remaining silent and that our collective strength will win.
Women continue to lead in the face of adversity. They continue to show up on the front lines of our movements, working more hours for less pay to ensure that we have food on our table, all the while labouring to ensure our communities are cared for. They continue to fight the inequities brought on by a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted their lives.
We honour the women and gender-diverse people in our lives who inspire us to continue to fight the good fight against systemic discrimination, patriarchy, sexism, racism, gender-based violence, and heterosexism. We honour the resilience of Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+ and racialized women fighting to protect our land and water, fighting for equal pay and opportunity, and for justice, love, and equal rights.
International Women’s Day requires us to both honour the contributions of women and gender-diverse people in our movements while making real and tangible commitments to taking up the work of liberation in whatever ways we can.
International Women’s Day isn’t just our history, it’s our future. It is the promise of bread and roses. It is a world where we are all truly free.
International Women’s Day 2022 by The519