Zapatista woman call for Black Ribbon on International Women's Day
One last thing before we finish here and close this Second International Gathering for Women Who Struggle: It’s about the calendar.
We know that whatever the day, week, month, or year, somewhere in the world a woman is scared that she will be attacked, disappeared, or murdered. We already confirmed that there is no rest for women who struggle. So we want to propose to you who are listening to us or reading us or watching us, a joint action:
It could be any day of the year, because we know that the patriarchal system doesn’t rest from abusing us, but we propose that this joint action of women who struggle all over the world take place on March 8, 2020.
We propose that on that day each organization, group, or collective choose the action it thinks best, using the color or symbol by which they identify themselves according to their own thought and way of doing things, but that all of us wear a black ribbon as a sign of our pain and sorrow for all of the disappeared and murdered women all over the world.
This will be our way of saying to them, in every language, in every geography, and on every calendar:
You are not alone.
We feel your absence.
You are missed.
We will not forget you.
We need you.
Because we are women who struggle.
And we will not give in, give up, or sell out.