March 8th has many names. The day is clas­si­cally known as Inter­na­tio­nal Women’s Day. Inter­na­tio­nal Womxn’s Figh­t­ing Day descri­bes today in my view perhaps a little bet­ter. Because it is not a cosy day on which womxn are given flowers and we are all momen­ta­rily happy that we are a womxn. Rather it is about gen­der equa­lity and for that we unfor­tu­n­a­tely still have to fight every day! So much has been achie­ved and yet it is still not enough. At first glance the world is open for us today. But the road ahead of us is still rocky and quite long. And we can only achieve this tog­e­ther: let us sup­port and empower each other – not only today, but every day! Let us be loud.

Why is there an International Womxn’s Fighting Day?

No mat­ter what you decide to call today. No mat­ter what name you like best. Because all that mat­ters is that the day exists. The first World Womxn’s Day* was cele­bra­ted in March 1911 and since 1921 it has taken place annu­ally. At that time, there was a lot of figh­t­ing for womxn’s right to vote, which was intro­du­ced in Ger­many in 1918. And next year we will already cele­brate the 100th anni­ver­s­ary of the World Womxn’s Day! It is now a day that reminds us all that many people before us have fought for our rights and stood up for us. We cele­brate the achie­ve­ments that people before us have already achie­ved. But that is not enough. The poem by Rupi Kaur is a beau­ti­ful call to join and also make our our con­tri­bu­tion towards more gen­der equa­lity. Because ever­yone can make a dif­fe­rence so that we can look into a brigh­ter future.

On the streets of Berlin

Since last year the March 08 is a public holi­day in Ber­lin, Ger­many. The Inter­na­tio­nal Womxn’s Figh­t­ing Day is also a public holi­day in coun­tries such as Cam­bo­dia, Uganda or Geor­gia. And that is great! Because this way the day gets more atten­tion. So it’s a per­fect day to go out on the streets, demons­trate and stand up for more gen­der equa­lity and equal rights for all. At a demons­tra­tion we can let free our anger, show soli­da­rity and above all shout our demands into the world. Because it is important to be loud! This year the demons­tra­tion also inclu­ded a period bloc to fight for more mens­trual equity and to break the taboo around mens­trua­tion.

Grateful for my personal environment

I am incredi­bly lucky to be sur­roun­ded by won­der­ful and inspi­ring womxn of all ages in my life. It is a pri­vi­lege to know such strong per­so­na­li­ties and to share my time with them. When I look at my per­so­nal social life, I look opti­misti­cly into the future. Because with so much power, cou­rage and joy of life, things can only get bet­ter and tog­e­ther we are strong.

Let us celebrate 

Every year the United Nati­ons defi­nes a theme for World Women’s Day* and this year the theme is “Each for Equal”. Today is our day. Let us cele­brate it, but not with flowers and cham­pa­gne. Rather, let us cele­brate the gen­der equa­lity we have already achie­ved so far, and let us actively engage with each other to make our world a little more equal and more beau­ti­ful for all of us every day – regard­less of which gen­der feels like home to us.

Britta Wiebe, period education, Vulvani
Britta 
Co-Foun­der Vulvani | britta@vulvani.com | Web­site | + posts

Britta Wiebe is the co-foun­der of Vul­vani. She loves rese­ar­ching, wri­ting and designing new arti­cles or inno­va­tive edu­ca­tio­nal con­cepts about mens­trua­tion all day long. When she is not tra­vel­ling the world, she enjoys spen­ding time with her loved ones in the beau­ti­ful city of Ham­burg in Germany.