On International Women’s Day we celebrate the leadership of women fighting oppression and militarization
Women leading justice movements worldwide increasingly see the Palestinian call for a military embargo on Israel as not just a demand by Palestinians, but also as linked to their own liberation and justice struggles.
Commemorating International Women’s Day today, we highlight the leadership of women in Palestine and worldwide in struggles against militarization, colonialism, police violence and racial, gender, social and economic oppression.
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Israel’s security and military doctrines, training and deadly weapons have for decades supported death squads, military dictatorships, despotic governments and genocidal regimes. From Latin America to India and Myanmar, from Rwanda and apartheid South Africa to South Sudan, and from the UAE and Saudi Arabia to Oman, Israel’s weapons, surveillance systems, cyber-espionage or military trainers have enabled war crimes, crimes against humanity and other grave human rights violations.
Women leading justice movements worldwide recognize more and more Israel’s involvement in systems that oppress them. They increasingly see the Palestinian call for a military embargo on Israel as not just a demand by Palestinians, but also as linked to their own liberation and justice struggles.
From the 1920s to today Palestinian women have played a leading role in resisting Israel’s decades-old regime of military occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid, while simultaneously fighting social oppression, sexism, discrimination and prejudice domestically.
Depicted by Israel as a “demographic threat,” the indigenous women of Palestine have consistently connected national liberation to social emancipation. They’ve learned from women’s struggles in Algeria, India, South Africa, the US, Ireland, Cuba, Argentina and elsewhere. As activists, freedom fighters and prisoners, and mothers, sisters and partners of prisoners and martyrs, Palestinian women inspire many worldwide with their resistance, sumoud and heroic resilience.
On this important day, we celebrate the creative, persistent and inspiring leadership of women at the forefront of our social and political struggles, organizing, marching and fighting militarization and oppression, in pursuit of a more just, beautiful and dignified world.