Once Again We Rise IWD 2019

Tamarack Verrall
Posted March 7, 2019 from Canada
Into the Streets We Go

It is International Women’s Day once again and women are gathering. In meetings in the streets, in small groups and large. Quietly listening to stories. Loudly shouting in the open air that big change is needed. We orange the world against violence against women in December. In my city we honour women massacred in their university class years ago in December. We take to the streets in January globally with Million Women Marches. In Canada we remember the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women on February 14th, and we dance globally in synchronized dance as 1 Billion Rising. And today we come together again for International Women’s day. We are no longer satisfied with one day a year to decry the violence toward, the disappearing of, the trafficking of, the forced marriages of, the ban from going to schools of girls and women, the jailing for human rights work of, the hiding the true history of, the antagonism and disrespect of women across this planet. How long will it take to create the change we know is necessary, the change we hold dearly in our hearts from our own experiences? I remember so many early marches, straggly little bunches of women taking back the night in Septembers, out in the streets each March, men taunting us, women chiding us that we were too loud. I remember as those marches got bigger, and as we organized our own news networks, became aware of how many we were, ignoring the threats and missed work opportunities for being one of those loud, too radical women. We began to form our own small presses and put out monthly news. We saw photos, we read stories, passed news to each other and realized that we were not alone, and that women in other places were doing the same.

But now, oh dear sisters how far we have come! That chiding in isolation as if we were asking too much, too soon has been exposed for the excuse that is. Now our voices vibrate with a song so beautiful that those old excuses fall like sand blown into water and cleansed. With the power of being aware of each other we are shifting the tide. Can you imagine what a powerful  gift it has been for me to find World Pulse? To find all of you? Now we have streams of news flowing constantly through our Home Base. Now I know that we are truly everywhere working to end violence against women and girls, uncovering and undoing every form of discrimination, reporting on our lives, our work, the resistance we face, the work needing doing. We are undoing every myth, raising every problem, building brilliant solutions. I read about sisters travelling to remote areas to make sure the voices of these women are heard. I read about women building schools for girls, and businesses for women. I read about women organizing escape routes for women, about women believing in themselves for the first time, and getting themselves into leadership positions. And I see photos of you meeting each other in person, and can feel the power, and have had the extraordinary experience of having been able to meet some of you in person too. What exquisite joy.

We have created together a new momentum with MeToo, HerToo, TimesUp. We create this new momentum every time we send a story in, every time we sit and hear a woman’s story, and every time we take a stand for a world without violence, a world of true freedom. We have the vision of a world of peace, and caring for the earth, the waters, the forests, the animals. A world with no poverty, no war. This is why we need women in leadership positions. We can see what is called impossible, and we know that we can and must live differently. We are together creating the momentum that will cause that shift.

I will head to our Federal Government buildings tomorrow once again. This time we have been invited inside. But my real celebration is to experience all of you, the power we are generating together now globally through this, our beloved World Pulse, our Hub, our Lifeline to each other. My main celebration of Oranging the World, the January Marches, the February gatherings, the March 8th IWD celebrations, is to experience once again Us, as our stories and photos pour in, as we are visible to each other, taking our loud and global stand, our voices a chorus of music so sweet, so loving, so powerful it sets up a new vibration that we have long waited to experience. Bigger, louder, more vibrant and fuller than ever, I celebrate every one of you and rejoice that on March 8, 2019 we have each other, everywhere.

This story was submitted in response to Change Starts With a Story.

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Meseret Haileyesus
Mar 07
Mar 07

Thanks for sharing!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Mesi,
I am so glad we live close by. World Pulse Sisters in action together!

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 07
Mar 07

Sisterhood forever Tam! Our voices together are unstoppable. Happy Women's Day!!
Warmest Love
Busayo

What a wonderful intimate heart poured out! thank you Mam, all loving hearts like mine must hail this!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Azah,
Thank you for your beautiful message. My spirit is boosted!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Busayo,
I have felt our strong connection for some time now. Yes, we are unstoppable! A belated Happy Women's Day back to you dear sister. We are stronger as each year goes by.

Corine Milano
Mar 07
Mar 07

THANK YOU TAM! Happy women's day to you - you are such a huge part of World Pulse and I am inspired by you every day!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Corine,
I feel you with me s strongly. Thank you for always being such a great support.

Mauri Favaron
Mar 07
Mar 07

Dear, thanks for sharing and inspiring!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

Hi Mauri,
Thanks for your message, I appreciate it!

Lisbeth
Mar 07
Mar 07

Dear Aunty Tam,
Thanks for sharing this your super experience. You are genius :-)

Warm hugs
Lizzy

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Lizzy,
I'm so glad to be connected to you. We are in this together.

Kirthi
Mar 07
Mar 07

BEAUTIFUL, Lovely Tam. How far we have come, indeed! Thank you for being the giant on whose shoulders new walkers like me walk on <3

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Kirthi,
You embody the strength and brilliance of this global movement. I am inspired by you.

Leina
Mar 07
Mar 07

Powerful dear Tam,yes ..."We are no longer satisfied with one day a year to decry the violence toward, the disappearing of, the trafficking of, the forced marriages of, the ban from going to schools of girls and women, the jailing for human rights work of, the hiding the true history of, the antagonism and disrespect of women across this planet"I couldn't agree more!Happy IWD woman of valour!!
Xoxo

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Leina,
Thank you so much for your support. I love that we are working together now!

Jill Langhus
Mar 08
Mar 08

My Dearest Tam,

I celebrate you! It's because of women exactly like you that we are enjoying the rights and freedom that we have now and that are diligently continuing to build an even better future for girls, women, boys, and men! You are a gift, and so is World Pulse.

In peace and love, dear! Happy IWD to you!!!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Jill,
I love how closely we are working together here, and celebrate our connection. Thank you for all the support, and for our ongoing conversations.

Jill Langhus
Mar 23
Mar 23

Me, too, dear:-) Go Team TamJi!

You're very welcome.

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 08
Mar 08

'And today we come together again for International Women’s day. We are no longer satisfied with one day a year to decry the violence toward, the disappearing of, the trafficking of, the forced marriages of, the ban from going to schools of girls and women, the jailing for human rights work of, the hiding the true history of, the antagonism and disrespect of women across this planet.'

These words echo my thoughts as I got up today, thinking about the women in my country in particular and the world at large. Thank you for putting them out so eloquently.

I celebrate you today and always, Mama Tam.
Hugs to you.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Arrey,
I am touched to know that my words were in your thoughts matching your own determination as you readied yourself for action this past March 8. I celebrate that we are connected now.

J Brenda Lanyero
Mar 08
Mar 08

Hello Tam.
Thank you so much for sharing this. It is what we call sisterhood. We will keep it forever.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear J Brenda,
I am so glad to meet you here and go forward with arms linked as we all meet and move together from here on. Yes, sisters forever now.

J Brenda Lanyero
Apr 03
Apr 03

Amen : )

Julie Zenterra
Mar 08
Mar 08

Happy Women's Day, Tam! Grateful for your laser focus on women's rights, including the many places on the globe where inequity, intolerance, and other social, political, and economic ills serve to constrain the lives of women. We need each other to succeed - thank you for being part of this glorious network of support called World Pulse!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Julie,
I feel you with me strongly and thank you for your strong support.

Hello, Tam,

We honor and celebrate you for all the fights you’ve faced and the battles lost and won throughout these years.

You write with so much passion and compassion. Thank you for standing strong, and for speaking out.

We are unstoppable! Our superpower is we are women!:)

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Karen,
Your words move me and lift me, thank you! I am so encouraged to walk together with sisters like you now. Yes, we have beautiful power as women, power that is needed to do all we know is possible.

The pleasure is always mine, dear Tam. Thank you, too!

Yes, let us walk together!:)

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Tam,
This is lovely and for sure with our strong voices, change has to happen. Stay blessed my dear sister.

Tamarack Verrall
May 20
May 20

Thank you Anita, I feel such hope in how we are all strengthening our ties with each other. So glad to meet you here.