What Changes Do You Want to See in Indian Country This International Women's Day?
March 8 marks International Women’s Day (IWD)—but heck, in Indian Country, I feel like every day there is an amazing Native woman I want to high-five and say “Nia:wen! Thank you for being the glue that keeps our communities together!”
IWD is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate women across the globe—who in 2012 are said to still perform more than 66 percent of the world’s work, produce 50 percent of the world’s food, earn 10 percent of the world’s income and own 1 percent of the world’s property. March is also timely to pay tribute to women, with March 1 being International Women of Color Day, and in a few weeks the spring equinox on March 21, where Indigenous Women’s Empowerment Day was started by Gloria Lacroque.
A few years ago I wrote a blog for Racialicious called “All I want for International Women’s Day Is...” thinking about this time of the year, and listed things like: “Grandmothers who are still raising entire families all on their own be given their due,” and “That the ongoing sterilization of women without their knowledge or consent, whether because they are HIV positive or racialized, ceases”.
So this IWD, what do you want?
Jessica Danforth is the founder and executive director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network that works across the United States and Canada in the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health by and for Indigenous youth.