Until there´s peace for every woman… because every woman has the right to live free of violence
March 8th, 2017 - Today is International Women’s Day, a day created to give a nod to the struggles which women go through. However, the global acknowledgement of a single day for 50% of the population does not end violence against women. This day does not end the struggle for us. Today, women across the world will be marching in protests of solidarity and striking, although we should be protesting and striking daily, considering that women are murdered and abused on a daily basis.
During these politically volatile times, it has become clear that women are ready to step up and demand that their voices are heard, that the government no longer ignore the need for more shelter spaces and more funding for shelters. Across the world there is a revolution as women begin to no longer politely ask but DEMAND that they are given peace within and without their homes.
Therefore, we announce on this day of international protest that in frame of the WAVE Step Up! Campaign on 21 September 2017, the International Day for Peace, the women of Europe will come together to demand that their governments provide money to women’s shelter infrastructure which provides for their lives to be peaceful. On this day, WAVE members from across Europe will come together to claim their right for a peaceful life without violence. Together with peace organisations and other allies we will stand on the steps of our government buildings and hold hands to show our unification opposing violence against women.