Women take back the streets march

in Montreal on International Women's Day

 

March 8, 2008

 

 

 International speakers included Connie Regalado, chairperson of Migrante International from the Philippines, Beatriz Lujan from the migrant rights group in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and Shadi Amin, an Iranian woman living in exile in Germany.

Unfurling the Leading Banner: The march began at the December 6 Commemmoration Park on the corner of Queen Mary and Decelles.

Justice for Anas: This activist expressed her solidarity with the family of Mohamed Anas Bennis, who was gunned down by police on his way home from morning prayers.

PINAY: The group carried portraits of abducted Filipino activists Elizabeth Principe and the still missingLeo Velasco

   
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Photos and text courtesy of  PINAY/Migrante International - Canada
           

 

Snowstorms and International Women's Day events

 

A day-long event under the theme: Women Take Back Democratic Space unfolded at the University of Montreal on March 1 to celebrate International Women's Day. It was the seventh annual anti-impérialist women's event organized by the Women of Diverse Origins for March 8, a network of over twenty organizations grouping women from migrant and cultural communities of Montreal.

 

Despite the snowstorm blustering outside,  and weather warnings urging people to stay off the roads, over 150 people came out to hear the local  and international speakers, to browse the tables and booths,  the photo exhibit, and partake of the delicious foods, A cultural show wrapped up the day.

 

Local activists spoke about women's resistance to police brutality, about the Orwellian security certificates that keep men shackled for years with no possibility of clearing their names, about the migrant domestic workers who risk their livelihood for demanding the same rights and protections as other workers.   International speakers included Connie Regalado, chairperson of Migrante International from the Philippines, Beatriz Lujan from the migrant rights group in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and Shadi Amin, an Iranian woman living in exile in Germany. Danka Brewer, known as White Bear Woman spoke about her community's struggle against uranium mining on traditional aboriginal land.

 

The following week, on Saturday, March 8,  the Women of Diverse Origins kept up their militant tradition of taking to the streets, under the theme Women Take Back the Streets. Bright banners waving, they braved the winds to march through the multi-ethnic neighbourhood of Côte-des-neiges, stopping to hear women activists give their messages over the loudspeakers. Tamil women, Filipino migrant women, South-Asian, Iranian, Palestinian women as well as many solidarity friends joined in. Both events were well-covered by the media, with newspaper articles and radio and television reports. The colourful demonstration received prominent coverage on local and national television networks, English and French.

 

 

More photos here:

www.alisonnaimark.com/womens_day

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

The South Asian Women's Community Center has been a member of the organizing committee since its inception in 2002.

     
     

Marching in the street is an assertion of women's power to fight for their futures and determine their destinies as full subjects of their own liberation.

           

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