International Day of Women’s Rights

“The theme of the 2022 campaign of the March 8 Collective, which brings together organizations from all walks of life, including the Association of Religious for Women’s Rights (ARDF), to which SNJM belongs, is significant.

“Our Future is Feminist” is a reminder of all the work that has been done and the journey of women whose advances have been the result of many struggles. It is also a statement in favour of a renewal where going backwards and the status quo after the pandemic can no longer be considered. As the CSN, one of the Collective’s member organizations, states, “What we want is a society that unites our voices and our plural horizons and that recognizes the intersectionality of oppressions; a society that finally responds to our needs and respects the rights and dignity of all women. It is with confidence and hope that we move towards this other world woven of freedom, solidarity, justice, peace and equity.”

“The visual combines graphic art and collage to break with the atmosphere of gloom and political cynicism of recent years, marked in particular by the health crisis. The hands in the foreground of the visual call for a convergence of our efforts to achieve a more just world. Far from evoking a cliché associating flowers with femininity, the selected flora rather expresses the symbolism of women’s resistance, their ancestral knowledge of medicinal plants throughout history, as well as their concern for the environment. The beams at the top of this visual, like rays of sunlight, testify to the historical struggle of women for their rights. This optimistic outlook at the end of the road is the collective intention to see a feminist future where all can thrive in peace.” (The March 8 Collective)

In the context of this day and for the whole month of March, some activities will be organized by several union organizations and agencies throughout Quebec. You can follow the news on the Facebook page of the Collective and on the websites of the various organizations.

Source images: Le Collectif 8 mars. Molotov communications. Illustration : Stacy Bellanger Bien-Aimé