Célia em Movimento

an E-CHANGER volunteer for 7 years, celia worked until june 2007 for the 'gender sector' of the MST/BA - the rural landless workers movement in the northeastern brazilian state of bahia. from then until june 2010 she worked at the international secretariat of the world march of women in são paulo. although she is no longer a volunteer, she still works in brazil with the WMW and E-CHANGER and will therefore continue to share her professional and personal experiences... enjoy!

11 March 2009

Editorial, World March of Women International Newsletter, Vol 12, No 1, March 2009

Dear sisters,

As we are putting the finishing touches to the first edition of our International Newsletter for 2009, many of you will be busy with the final preparations for the mobilisations of the 8th March, International Women's Day and symbol of women's continued struggle for an end to inequalities, exploitation and discrimination.

In the global context of the capitalist crisis - embodied in financial, food, environmental and ethical crises - activists from the WMW around the world will have raised their voices once more against the patriarchal and capitalist systems that oppress, and discriminate against, women of all nationalities, cultures, religions and classes. We affirm that we won't allow our governments to socialise the losses and privatise the gains, under the guise of 'saving the economy from the financial crisis', nor continue their policies of economic growth at all costs - to the environment, to labour rights, to essential public services, to women's rights. We demand the reorganisation of production and consumption based on the sustainability of human life, as stated in the first two articles of this special edition of the Newsletter "a feminist response to the financial crisis".

As well as being channelled into overcoming the challenges that face us currently, our activist energies are also being consolidated for the year ahead, leading up to the launching of our International Action 2010 on the 8th March 2010. We understand how crucial the next twelve months will be to the impact and scope that this International Action will have, while the preparation process itself is an opportunity to strengthen our identity as the World March of Women, a collective identity founded on our struggle to overcome the systemic causes of poverty and violence against women.

In 2010, the debates we provoke in our communities, countries and regions, and the demands we make at all levels, will be founded on our four Action Areas: Violence against women as a tool of control of our lives, bodies and sexuality, the Common good and public services, Women's work and Peace and demilitarisation. Now is the time to begin spreading the word, mobilising our grassroots sisters, inviting other women's groups to join us, talking with allied movements, debating our Action Areas, planning our marches of all colours and forms for the 8th - 18th March and October 2010. Strong and visible marches, actions, activities and campaigns in our countries throughout 2010 will help us to concretise our solidarity with the women suffering such extreme violence in Sud Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

We demand that our voices and demands are heard and acted on!
We will not be silenced!

Women on the March until we are All Free!

Celia Alldridge
WMW International Newsletter, March 2009