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Belgium: big demonstration against gender-based violence!

Plan now for March 8th.

A feminist wave swept the streets of Brussels on Sunday 24th November to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We were two to three times more numerous than last year with between 10,000 and 15,000 present! The exact number is difficult to estimate. The starting point at the Central Station was much too small. The place itself and all streets around it, even those not planned to be on the route of the demonstration were full of people. The streets were coloured purple, the main symbol of feminist organisations, but there were also red and green blocks from the trade unions who more actively supported the demonstration this year.

By Emily Burns, coordinator of campaign ROSA

The ROSA Campaign (Resistance against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity) mobilized for this major national demonstration. The big ROSA delegation included many young people met while leafleting or during stalls on campuses and on the streets. These young people came to denounce sexism, aggravated by the commodification of our bodies, and the wage gaps that already exist in student jobs. Workers marched with us demanding real financial independence, including decent wages for all with a minimum wage of 14 euro per hour, a minimum pension of €1,500 per month and the individualisation of social rights, to ensure a real choice and the possibility to leave a situation of violence, whether domestic or at work, if it occurs. This must of course go hand in hand with massive public investment in victim support services and prevention.

This demonstration is part of an international revolt movement in which women are at the forefront of the fight for environmental protection, but also against inequality, corruption, pro-rich policies in Chile, Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran and elsewhere. Other demonstrations against violence against women took place as part of this international day for the elimination of violence against women in a series of countries: 50,000 people in the streets of Paris, several tens of thousands of people in Rome, in Turkey, Sudan, Chile …

March 8, 2020: a day of struggle

The next important date will be Sunday, March 8, International Women’s Day, to highlight the demands behind this mobilization: a collective reduction in working time, a decent wage for all and among other things, autonomy over our own bodies and therefore the right to abortion. ROSA invites you to join us in building this day of struggle. Support us and join us!