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(en) Czech, AFED: Fuck the patriarchy! - Report from the celebration of International Women's Day in Pilsen (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 17 Mar 2023 13:21:00 +0200

After last year's "Women behind the counter" event, it was to be expected that women and girls in Pilsen would not leave the International Women's Day unnoticed this year either. And it's not. Even the scene of the crime has not changed - the cooperative cafe Družba. The organization was undertaken by a woman from the Pilsen collective Food not Bomb in cooperation with the artistic association Láskyplno. ---- On March 8th, after six in the evening, everything was ready - benefit merch with various printed tops, patches and stickers with (not only) feminist themes; publications of the Anarchist Federation Publishing House and, of course, the best - great benefit refreshments. And so it was enough to just have fun and drink until it was half past seven and everything went right at once. The organizers introduced the program of the evening to those present and immediately launched into a striking speech:

"In the last year, we have become convinced that nothing is certain, our position, the rights and freedoms we fought for are constantly being undermined in the context of global events, sometimes they are even just a lie. We reaffirmed that gender equality has still not been achieved and that the rights of women and other marginalized groups are systematically suppressed and discredited around the world. Europe is plagued by the biggest war conflict since the Second World War, and after the coronavirus pandemic, we must once again exert all our energies to help the people who are fleeing the war, among whom women, children and others predominate, whose position and situation require a special level of care. Because of those who remained to fight, the question of the legitimacy of active resistance was raised, to which Ukrainian feminists were forced to respond soon with the Manifesto for the Right to Resistance. Sexual violence was used as one of the weapons of war against those who chose not to participate in the war and stay in their homes. All over the world, the most powerful, mostly wealthy white heterosexual men, decide on women's lives and their bodies - in the USA, Latin America and Poland on abortion, in Afghanistan on freedom of education, expression and travel. Our own country is shaken by cases of sexual abuse, which are most often committed by men in privileged positions - professors, doctors, psychologists or politicians. It is precisely those who work with people, in the sphere of care and care, who commit the worst crimes that can be committed against other people.'

Speakers emphasized the need to ask the following questions until they become meaningless: "Why are women raised as nurturers and men as nurturers? Why are some driven into competitiveness and the public sphere, while others are kept in the private sphere and their main life goals are supposed to be caring for others and modesty? Why are women victims of violence more often than men? Why are the salaries of women and men different? Why do some have no access to some jobs and positions at all? Why is child care conceived so individualistically and forced above all on mothers? Why are some bodies considered more beautiful, better and more valid than others? How is it possible that in 2023 women around the world still can't treat their bodies as they see fit? How is it possible that women's bodies are decided by others, especially men?'

Subsequently, they named groups fighting for the right to abortion, such as Cioca Czesia, or the trade union from the social services sector ALICE, as examples worth following. They also emphasized the importance of care in society as a radical concern for the other person and everyday solidarity: "Without care, there are no cakes!"

Immediately after the speech, some - about forty people, mostly women - took to the streets with signs bearing imaginative slogans such as: "Women and trade unions - love beyond the mountains", "Freedom and destroy menstrual poverty", "Hair is fine" , "Solidarity with women from the Alzheimer Center", "Food not Bombs Pilsen", "Strike or I shoot", "Mother, daughter and holy feminism", "The best time in a woman's life is a riot" or "My body - my rules". It started to rain, but that did not diminish the enthusiasm, perhaps it only increased the speed. Chanting through the almost empty streets, we went to Petatrícátníký orchards, from there to Smetanové sady, where at Branka's, with constant chanting led by a megaphone, we turned towards Republic Square. Passers-by certainly could not hear slogans such as "Patriarchy out of the wheel - its end is our dream", "Without care there are no cakes, without money there is no care", etc. The demonstration stopped in front of the gates of the Catholic Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, where they chanted "My body - my choice", "Bububu feminist" or the most popular slogan of the whole event "Fuck the patriarchy". From there it was a short walk back to Druzhba, in front of which the police beacon was already flashing, but as the chanting approached, the car drove off.

By eight o'clock everyone was already dry and the music program could begin. The band Nihil Acutum started it with their approximately twenty-minute premiere performance. This female trio played several slower punk songs, which have to be credited with the absence of unnecessary stretching and the musical simplicity combined with the urgency of the vocals. After some time, everything was rebuilt on the (non)stage, the "women behind the counter" could show off while playing the records, while the others could have a great time with their music. All the necessary technical background for the launcher was provided by Tony Rocky Horror Vinyl Show.

A good hundred people turned up at the celebration in Druzhba. Through the voluntary entrance fee (it's just a shame that some had no idea about it at all) and the sale of charity merch and food, less than seven thousand were collected, which went to the organizations Ciocia Czesia (helps Polish women who have decided to terminate a pregnancy) and SOLA helps (dedicated to providing menstrual needs to people who cannot afford them).

A very refreshing celebration that showed, among other things, that the male-dominated activist environment is becoming a thing of the past. Thanks for that.

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