By Special Correspondent Jessica Yee
IWD is like Christmas time for me. Although I’m certainly not religious, I definitely enjoy the gathering of folks, the general merriness in the air, and the giving and receiving of presents (big or small!)
IWD is like that too. I look forward to it every year, and like any loyal family member, try to make it out to as many events as possible with something in hand to contribute. I walk away in an attempt to not indulge too much, and deal with the never-ending frustrations of the many differing perspectives on how this day should be celebrated.
So as the good ole tune goes, in my original remix, all I want for International Women’s Day is…Justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women worldwideThat women who are learning to birth babies in their home communities be fully funded and supported to do soAffordable access to birth control, particularly since it’s risen some 900% for low income women in the last two yearsAll Indian Health Service staff and centres to receive training on administering rape kitsThat Aboriginal women be entitled to matrimonial real property on reserve, and restored rights to own land after divorce, separation, or widowhoodFor pleasure to be an equal and important part of sex education
That the grandmothers who are still raising entire families all on their own be given their dueFor the anti-choicers to stop their attacks in South Dakota and leave the state with the least amount of abortions aloneThat International Women of Colour Day on March 1st gets more recognizedFor the majority of health organizations who tout all the high statistics in Aboriginal communities to finally get it that they need culturally appropriate services and that the one size education models DO NOT fit allThat racist legislation such as the Hyde Ammendment, which basically states that racialized and low income women do not get funding from Medicaid to have an abortion, is repealedFair and equal pay for equal work, not the 72 cents to every dollar a man makes in CanadaThat the ultimate mother; Mother Earth, is more well respected and taken care ofFor another transgendered person not to worry that services won’t include them, whether at the fertility clinic or at the women’s centre on campusThat righteous Native female rap artists, like Eekwol and JB the First Lady get the mainstream radio play and cred they deserve for keeping it realFor people to know that sex positive feminism rocks, and that this also means supporting rights for sex workersThat the ongoing sterilization of women without their knowledge or consent, whether because they are HIV positive or racialized, ceasesFor Indigenous feminists to come out as Indigenous feminists, loud and proudThat Aboriginal women and families be deemed fit and worthy caregivers, to eradicate the apprehension of the 27 000 First Nations children currently in state care For older women and younger women to share, mentor, and talk more to one and otherThat the men who are doing the damn thang working in solidarity with us to keep on keeping on. You are loved!To not only pick one day out of the year to honour, revere, or celebrate the life-givers of this world
What do you want?