In many countries across the world, May 1st, is Labour Day, which commemorates the working class and the effort of labour unions. It was established in 1889, at the first International Socialist Congress in Paris.
This day was rooted in Chicago, the United States of America, when workers gathered at the Haymarket Affair demanding labour rights, such as an eight-hour workday. The meeting was delayed for about an hour, and not many people attended, as it was expected. When it was almost over, the workers were attacked by around 170 policemen.
Last year, I attended a demonstration with friends from the Latin American and Caribbean Woman Network in Helsinki, demanding equal wages for all immigrants women.
This year, no manifestation will be held because of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, from our homes, we demand safe personal protective equipment, fair working hours, adequate rest time, right and equal income, right social benefits, regulation of documents for immigrants, and the support of well-being from homes, communities, and working places for all the women who are at the frontline of this pandemic.
Three years ago, the feminist movements called for a global strike for the 8th of March, with the slogan: “If women stop, the world stops”. Yes, it was done and can be done again, but today, more than ever, we are demonstrating that we are moving the world. So, our fight continues as we stand up for our rights.
“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” Michelle Obama