On August 8, 2019, the Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) led its members in launching a new tradition - Asian Women’s Day. Women-led grassroots organizations and movements from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and other parts of Asia resoundingly made it “A Day of our Own for our Rights and Future,” as AWD 2019 was themed.
This year APMDD and allies will again observe Asian Women’s Day, but under much changed conditions. Not better but much worse! We are now facing multiple crises -- the COVID19 global health pandemic, the economic crisis it has spawned and the climate crisis.
While the crisis touches all of us, its harshest impacts fall on working, impoverished grassroots women of the South who heavily bear long-standing layers of discrimination, and exclusion. As in any crisis, the pandemic is a deeply gendered phenomenon that now exacerbates women’s multiple burdens, further increases women’s exposure to gender-based-violence, and intensifies their economic insecurity.
On August 8th, we invite all women and women’s organizations and movement in Asia, from our homes, communities and places of work, or wherever we may be in Asia, let us raise our voices of resistance - saying No to COVID, Coal and Debt - vital issues that signify the multiple crises we are confronting.
Let us denounce attempts to restore a system that has only driven inequalities within and between countries, heightened the climate emergency and intensified discriminations of gender, race and ethnicity. Let us loudly declare that Women are Fighting for System Change!
To Join, register at bit.ly/AsianWomensDay