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On International Women's Day 2023

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On International Women's Day

This International Women's Day (IWD) is a reminder that, despite the progress made over the past century in many countries, women still face many challenges today—gender inequality, sexual harassment and assault, the disproportionate impact on women of providing care, conflicts over identity, and fundamental women's rights are still under attack in many countries.

Gender inequality remains a burning concern, with women still facing disparities in pay, representation in leadership positions, and access to education and healthcare. Women of colour have it even worse due to discrimination and systemic racism. IWD 2023 can be an opportunity to push for systemic changes to prevent sexual harassment and support survivors. The COVID-19 pandemic has also had a disproportionate impact on women, who make up the majority of essential workers and have had to bear the brunt of care-giving responsibilities. Sadly, the pandemic has led to a rise in domestic violence, as well. Our transgender sisters continue to face violence and discrimination while the media fans the flames of controversy. Women's rights remain under attack in many countries around the world, from restrictive abortion laws in the United States to the persecution of women’s rights advocates in Iran, and the Taliban government's severely curtailing women's rights in Afghanistan.

International Women's Day 2023 must be about much more than raising awareness about these issues and advocating for change. This is important work, to be fair, but it is also important to consider how we go about this. Organizing locally and supporting governing structures that put gender parity and equity at the heart of our projects must become our modus operandi if we truly want to improve women’s lives and opportunities. We need only look to revolutionary projects like those in Chiapas and Kurdistan for evidence of the benefits of governing another way. Check out the resources at the bottom of this newsletter to learn more about this and other current events in the ongoing struggle for women's emancipation.

Wishing you all success and happiness for
International Women's Day!

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Against Nihilism
Maia Stepenberg


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Spring 2023 Collection

As the end of the year approaches, we wanted to remind you of our Spring 2023 collection. The books address important and current topics regarding democracy, public health, climate change, activism, and the nation state. Click on the link below to check out our catalogue and pre-order.

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Recommended Reading

Check out "A Spark of Hope: The Ongoing Lessons of the Zapatista Revolution 25 Years On" by Hilary Klein - NACLA

Read "Mexico: Reflections on the Struggles of Zapatista Women. Feminists?" by Dr. Sylvia Marcos - Schools For Chiapas

Take a look at "Kurdish Activists Offer a Beacon to the World. Erdoğan Wants to Crush Them." by Tim Krüger - Truthout

Read "How Iran’s Ayatollahs could lose to the champions of ‘women, life, freedom’." by Sally Armstrong - The Globe and Mail

See "US abortion bans violate international law, 200 human rights groups say in letter urging UN intervention." by Christine Fernando, USA TODAY

Read "Welcome to Terf Island: How Anti-Trans Hate Skyrocketed 156% in Four Years." by Ell Foran - Novara Media

Insightful Podcasts

Listen to The Queer Arabs Podcast: Episode 197, Women, Life, Freedom.

Check out Delete Your Account Podcast: Episode 216 - The End of Roe.

Listen to Know Your Enemy Podcast: The Anti-Trans Agenda (w/ Gillian Branstetter)

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