Cross-Border Feminists call on women to celebrate 1 May
"We call on everyone who rejects the patriarchal, exploitative, colonial, and racist violence to mobilize and join together to enrich and strengthen the global feminist struggle."
Different feminist, transfeminist and anti-patriarchal groups and movements from all over the world call out to unite, organise and strengthen together the global feminist struggle on 1 May.
The manifesto said: "We will not go back to normality, because normality was the problem: the global feminist and trans-feminist movement, confronted with this new global health, economic, food, and ecological crisis, will not surrender to isolation and will not silence its struggles in the face of the restrictive measures undertaken in our territories to deal with the coronavirus."
The manifesto continued: "This crisis reveals and intensifies the violence, the hierarchies, and the structural roots of oppression, exploitation, and inequality of the colonial capitalist patriarchy, against which we have always fought and will continue to fight. It is precisely in the tensions and fissures opened up by this crisis that the new forms of resistance and solidarity to which we belong are emerging.
Those are forms of resistance that we want to join and want to make resonate at the global level through our collective voice, so that we can emerge together from
isolation and undermine dominant paradigms by affirming feminist, trans-feminist and anti-patriarchal knowledge and practices.
The coronavirus affects all of us, but the effects of the pandemic are differentiated, especially if we look at it from a cross-border perspective, starting from our position as women and LGBTQI* people."
The manifesto ended with the following remarks: "We will continue this process of cross-border feminist liberation that we are collectively and expansively weaving. We will continue fighting to build the life that we want and we desire.
We call on everyone who rejects the patriarchal, exploitative, colonial, and racist violence to mobilize and join together to enrich and strengthen the global feminist struggle, because if we unite we can not only emerge from the pandemic, but we can change everything."