FIQ (Fédération Interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec)

International Women’s Day 2023: Feminist resistance

The slogan that the Collectif 8 mars put out for the International Day of Women’s Rights is powerful: Feminist resistance! Our strength as feminists lies in our ability to mobilize for greater social justice, so that all women, from here and abroad, can aspire to live in a society that is egalitarian, inclusive, sustainable, and free of violence. As such, our feminist solidarity will be a shield against the surge of conservative influences that is blowing a wind of instability across the planet.

A protest song, a battle call, chanted by our mothers, our grandmothers, our sisters and our allies, shouted in the streets, plastered on the walls, murmured in private, touching us to the core. Words welded in our diversity, fuelled by our outrage, spurred by our sisterhood. Now is not a time for division, negotiation, or silence. Now is a critical time: of climate crisis, polarization, privatization, erosion of women’s rights, escalation of violence against us, deepening inequalities, rising racism, unbridled sexism and hatred. Our oath is manifest. Love is an act of resistance.