Against Violence Against Women

IAWM’s statement on violence against women, an important issue for all of humanity.

Laura Volgger, “On Remembrance”, a performative art installation. The public was asked to bring chairs, to which the names of victims of femicide, demands, slogans and concerns for society as a whole were attached. Photos: Claudia Tessaro

For too long, many women have been resting on the achievements of our mothers and grandmothers. In most countries, we have felt legally protected and that our bodies belonged to us. And that it was our choice to reach for the stars. While obstacles to equality still are pervasive, like the glass ceiling, the wage gap, and omnipresent sexism, in many parts of the world, it seemed like there had been real progress. However, we lulled ourselves into a false sense of security. Violence and femicide are daily realities and the culmination of inequality globally. To stop all forms of physical and social violence, we take to the streets to show our anger. The more colorful, the louder, the more creative, the more effective.

What we DON’T TOLERATE ANY LONGER:

  • that we are not part of decision-making and shaping processes
  • that we are being pushed out of the public sphere
  • that we are being pushed into the role of caregivers
  • that we are being socially disenfranchised
  • that we are not being explicitly included in language and hence in thought
  • that we are made invisible and fall out of the picture (Gender Data Gap)
  • that we are trampled on, with words and actions in life and online
  • that we are devalued, humiliated, and used because of our gender
  • that we experience gender-based violence and become victims of femicide
  • that toxic masculinity and violence against women (also in the media) is downplayed and socially tolerated.

From now on, we take the space we rightfully deserve.

We DEMAND:

  • respect
  • participation
  • equity, also in reporting
  • a male quota of up to 50%
  • equality in everyday life
  • equality in the legal system
  • school as a place of emancipation and awareness-raising
  • equal opportunities, equal pay for work of equal value, adequate pensions
  • the absence of violence
  • freedom, also in deciding about our own bodies
  • our human rights.

From Laura Volgger’s “On Remembrance”, a performative art installation. Photos: Claudia Tessaro

We call for the 1993 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women ensuring women’s rights to be free from violence to be implemented and enforced. We demand men do their fair share of care work and to share in economic and social opportunities. We will continue to call for men to stand up and fight for equality and against misogyny.

These are our demands and we will continue to fight and march for them together!

Note: This text was originally provided by the organising team of the Women’s March in South Tyrol and it has been adapted by the IAWM.

Durante tanto tiempo nosotras, las mujeres, disfrutamos de las conquistas sociales de nuestras madres y nuestras abuelas. Nos sentíamos protegidas por la ley. Estábamos convencidas de que nuestro cuerpo nos pertenecía … Y que habríamos podidido llegar a las estrellas, si sólo lo hubiéramos deseado. Claro que aún había algunos pequeños obstáculos entre nosotras y la igualdad de oportunidades: el techo de cristal, la brecha salarial, el sexismo omnipresente. Pero eran nimiedades comparadas con el pasado. Nos creíamos a salvo. Estábamos equivocadas.
Los feminicidios son la punta del iceberg, la escalada de la desigualdad. Para que ya no se produzca ninguna forma de violencia, salgamos a la calle, demostremos nuestra indignación. Cuanto más coloridas, más ruidosas, más originales seremos, el impacto será más eficaz.

YA NO TOLERAMOS:

  • que se decida y se planifique sin nosotras.
  • que se nos saque del debate público.
  • que se nos relegue al rol de cuidadoras.
  • que se nos deje de interdecir socialmente, lingüísticamente e intelectualmente.
  • que nos haga desaparecer de la cuadrícula (Brecha de datos de género).
  • que nos pisotee con palabras y acciones onLIFE y onLINE.
  • que se nos devalúe, se nos humille y se nos use por nuestro género.
  • experimentar violencia de género y ser víctimas de feminicidio.
  • que se minimicen la masculinidad tóxica y la violencia contra las mujeres (también por los medios de comunicación).

De ahora en adelante, ocuparemos el lugar que nos corresponde.

EXIGIMOS:

  • Respeto
  • Participación
  • Equidad, también en el ámbito de la comunicación.
  • Participación masculina hasta el 50%.
    Justicia en la vida cotidiana, justicia en los tribunales.
  • La escuela como lugar de emancipación y de sensibilización.
  • Igualdad de oportunidades, igualdad de remuneración por trabajos de igual valor, pensiones decentes.
  • No violencia
  • Nuestros derechos humanos.

Hasta que NO dividamos el pastel de manera justa, Hasta que los hombres NO se rebelen junto a nosotras, las mujeres, Hasta que los hombres NO asuman su parte del trabajo de cuidado remunerado y no remunerado, hasta que la misoginia No sea un no-go absoluto. Hasta que NO se implemente la Convención de Estambul de 2011, hasta ese momento … ¡los invitamos a todos a venir a la marcha colectiva!

¡Ni una menos! ¡Quien golpea a una de nosotras, nos golpea a todas!

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