Demonstrations around the world denouncing violence and injustices that women face on a daily basis is the way people celebrate International Women’s Day each year on March 8th.
“There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable,” is the message of Bank Ki-moon, Secretary of the United Nations for International Women’s Day. This year’s motto, “A promise is a promise: time for action to end violence against women,” seeks to strengthen the international community’s commitment through their campaign UNITE: To End Violence Against Women, which encourages people to correct this plague on society.
San Francisco also joined the fight against women’s violence. The organization WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) organized a rally at Dolores Park on March 9th, advocating for gender equality and denouncing violence against women. Rallies at the local, national, and international level took place around the world celebrating the achievements of the feminist movement and supporting women’s rights.
On March 7th Tom Ammiano, San Francisco assemblyman, marched with domestic workers and organizations such as the Women’s Collective in Los Angeles celebrating the reintroduction of the CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB 241)—vetoed by Governor Brown. This new Bill will focus on the following rights: overtime, meal and rest breaks, three paid sick days, workers’ compensation, the right to use kitchen facilities, and the right to have specified hours to sleep.
To support this fight for Domestic Worker’s rights, please visit the National Domestic Workers Alliance website at: http://www.domesticworkers.org/, or get involved locally through the Women’s Collective located at 3358 Cesar Chavez Street in San Francisco.
By Maria Pia Kirk Berastain