The Netherlands has made great progress in gender equality. However, this does not mean the fight is over. Womxn and allies took the streets on Sunday 8th of March, commemorating International Women’s Day to raise awareness on a centuries-long battle that is of high-importance all over the world. The Women’s March in Amsterdam is a call to continue the battle on equal rights and a celebration of visibility.
Although the march for International Women’s day was remarkably different in Amsterdam than in my hometown, Mexico City, the Dutch capital was full of witty signs and contagious energy that incites all generations to continue fighting for equality. The meaning of women’s day has changed enormously throughout the years I have been able to witness it. To my amazement, what has changed the most in my surroundings, as well as the media, has been the unification of womxn to demand equality and safety. As fundamental human rights remain to be a privilege, feminists in Mexico and all over the world are having momentum.
In my perspective, the personal and the political are intertwined. I refuse to believe that my personal stance on all humans being deserving of rights should be any different than my political acts, for which, like many others, I decide to raise my voice. It is heartbreaking to read the news every day and realize that so-called “minorities” continue to live in fear, while the dominant system only serves those in power. Many and different battles are fought all around the world in hope of a better future. As unforgiving every day may be, some moments of unity are moving enough to keep us going.
Despite the different demands that women’s groups protest for in their respective countries, feminism has spread throughout the world to conscientize individuals. The systemic and systematic oppression that womxn and the LGBTTQIA+ community undergo is not a secret. Nevertheless, sometimes it seems as if Dutch society was in collective denial of the work still to be done regarding gender equality. Because of this, the streets of Amsterdam were filled with hope and the spark of the coming revolution. A community of womxn and allies that wishes for prosperity leading one of many fights to be won despite the disapproval of those who refuse to empathize with others’ reality.
“You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”- Maya Angelou