Giving Tuesday and Wednesday and...

Tamarack Verrall
Posted May 5, 2020 from Canada

So this is Giving Tuesday 2020, called for early because of the crisis we are in. And here within World Pulse and beyond, a call for anyone reading this to think carefully and fully about whether you have some extra money to fund this grassroots work that sisters everywhere are doing. You may have some you can spare. You may be doing this work hoping that some will be sent.

We are in the middle of a pandemic, and we are also in the middle of a time in which being very rich, and having nothing, have never been more extreme. The earth herself is in tremendous distress and through this virus she is healing. For us, in our global humanity the extremes between those who are comfortable and those who are struggling to survive has never been more obvious, because now we are in this emergency together and now we are able to be in contact with each other. 

Giving Tuesday, a day to remind people who are comfortable that there are many ways to make lots of people at least a little more comfortable during this crisis, while we figure out together how to get through this, and to build the many ways that we need, to work to change everything that's happening that is wrong, that is painful, and that is the experience of the majority of people on earth, in particular to almost all of the women on earth. Work because we have this extra set of laws in many forms that have been built to keep us subservient. The painful and infuriating irony is that we have the answers, and it is still such hard work through so many roadblocks to get our voices heard, and that is because our ideas point to a whole new way of being together, all of us, on this earth. We are suppressed because we challenge the world economy, and because we challenge a society set up by men to control us as women. The violence is allowed to continue because they do not want to lose their privilege, they do not want to share the wealth, they do not want to lose their control over us, and also because men  do not want to be beaten up or lose social position by other men for challenging what is happening. Women do the indentured labour. So do our children. There is also global trafficking of women, stealing of women and men into slavery, and children being forced to do back-breaking labour. Girls are kept out of school, bought and sold in marriages, and there is violence toward and murder of women and girls everywhere. Even though this has been talked about clearly and loudly for a long time, if anything the violence has increased over the centuries. And mother earth is groaning, trying to keep us alive while we continue to destroy her, while women work, most often for free, to clean up this mess.

"First World, Second World, Third World", and later"Fourth World" named by Indigenous people across the world to name their connection to the land, so much of it stolen from them. These terms have always bothered me to my core. So I read about it. Terms made up by men after the second world war, just before I was born. First World for capitalists, Second World for communists,  and Third World for countries who did not align with either, renamed in various ways that cover up the theft of goods by immoral governments and highway robbery international trade deals. 

As a woman, and with many women who I know feel the same way, these offensive terms are based on who has money. So I don't want to use these terms. I know that this crooked economic system does not work for most of the people on this planet, and in particular it does not work for women. 

Current facts: The top one percent of people hold over $25 trillion in wealth, more than the wealth of 80 percent of those with the least. This group who each have more than $1 million, own 44 percent of the world's wealth. Adults with less than $10,000 make up 56.6 percent of the world's population, with less than 2 percent of global wealth. Billions have nothing.

These are numbers I find hard to fathom. Especially reading the reports of my World Pulse sisters, and some World Pulse brothers, who are right now trying to get food and water to people who either have no home, or no food, or no way to make money. Within our vast network such similar stories are reported : so many women and girls now trapped indoors with violent husbands and fathers, or being trafficked, or being killed. Stories of communities with no food or medicine, of the conditions of people forced to migrate, and still about 85 vicious wars going on over territory and resources. And I know about this because of what my World Pulse sisters are in the middle of, and reporting on, trying to create peace and save people's lives.

In North America, specifically Canada where I live, there are hoarders fighting over toilet paper in the stores, and at the same time people forming community projects with and for each other to meet emergencies. Here too, violence against women has dramatically increased, as I am hearing from my sisters everywhere. Women are coming forward, reaching out in communities, across countries and across the world, to work together to save women’s lives, and to continue to step forward together, and to raise our voices together, toward the world we want to see, knowing that it is possible and that it will benefit everyone.

“African Region, Region of the Americas, South-East Asia Region, European Region, Eastern Mediterranean Region, and Western Pacific Region”. That’s how the UN describes us. But what we see together as possible, when those who have the least are made the priority, is what we have been working toward. Given this current crisis which demands that we do things very differently, it is our voices as women that are needed more than ever. More than across the back fences, even though this is how we continue to find each other and meet. This is the moment for us to come together stronger than ever, strong enough to make these changes happen. 

Women have been doing free labour because money is kept from us for the most part, too often completely. Denying women leadership keeps this broken, vicious, hierarchical, patriarchal system in place, to benefit a small number of men and a minuscule number of women. This, while ongoing, women and girls continue to be beaten, tortured and murdered. This, despite more that a century known by our own living research and stories, and through time back to past the 1100’s AD, when men solidified a system in which they can dominate, and threaten and kill any woman or girl who breaks the rules or even dares to speak out.

Women have been doing this indentured labor, fighting to survive all of these forms of attacks, having and caring for children, trying to keep everyone safe and fed, trying to get girls into school, trying to end all of this violence. Now we are faced with this crisis and all it brings.

So let’s help each other all we can. If you are overwhelmed by all the calls for support, think of what we can do together if we each do what we can. With those who have some money to spare, send it to sisters who know what to do with it.  It will go a long way because the work that is being done, is being done with generosity and love. Think of it as a tank of gas that we would spend to see each other if we could. Think of it as inviting a sister to share a meal. Think of it in whatever way that works. Think of all you know that she will do with any donation you can make happen. Send something directly into a sister’s hands. And send in a donation to World Pulse, because this is how Community Champions get funded, and because it is though World Pulse that we know who is working and where, and we need World Pulse to keep in touch with each other. Then tell your family and friends. Then tell us your story on World Pulse.

 

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Dawn Arteaga
May 05
May 05

Thank you for this healing message. This was what I needed tonight. So grateful for your voice, Tam! The world needs you!

Tamarack Verrall
May 06
May 06

Dear Dawn,
So glad to know that this was healing for you. So much is possible because World Pulse has given us direct contact with each other. We have an enormous job in front of us, our governments have failed us in so many ways, but we know what is possible, and we have each other now.

Chioma Nwaoha
May 05
May 05

Hello Beautiful Tam ,
How are you doing?
Trust you are safe?
Thank you for sharing.
Best regards,
Chioma

Tamarack Verrall
May 06
May 06

Chioma,
My dear young sister, thank you for your message, I am doing ok, my city has the highest covid numbers in Canada, we are all taking great care. All the best for staying safe yourself.

Chioma Nwaoha
May 06
May 06

Anytime Tam
Good to hear that you are doing well, please stay safe and happy.

Kirthi Jayakumar
May 06
May 06

Thank you for your voice, dear Tam! What a powerful message - it truly, truly healed me today <3

Tamarack Verrall
May 07
May 07

Your message touches my heart dear Kirthi. I am grateful to World Pulse that we have met and can stay in touch.

Seka
May 06
May 06

Bonjour Tam,
Dieu soit loué pour sa protection. Vous avez toujours dit la vérité mais le monde entendra-t-il? Je croyais que cette pandémie allait nous faire comprendre que tout est vanité sur cette terre. S'il en était ainsi les plus riches viendraient en rescousse aux nécessiteux.
Je demande à un homme près de moi s'il y avait un dérivé du mot"soeur" pour dire "fraternellement" et il se moque de moi disant que la femme n'a jamais existé(Lol)...
In sisterhood
Seka

Tamarack Verrall
May 07
May 07

Chère Seka,
Je partage profondément votre question de savoir si nous, en tant que peuple mondial, changerons de la manière nécessaire, un ensemble de valeurs et d'actions complètement différent. Je suis encouragée que nous soyons connectées ici dans World Pulse et que de nombreux groupes de femmes ont les mêmes priorités élèvent également la voix.
Tant d'hommes transmettent encore le message que les hommes méritent une position supérieure. Quelle insulte de se faire dire que les femmes n'existent pas.
Nous sommes ensemble à travers les distances maintenant chère sœur.

Busayo Obisakin
May 06
May 06

Thank you so much dear Tam for your wonderful message to us all. Nothing is too small as a gesture of Love towards one another during this time in our neighborhood, in our community and outside world if we can. If there is any other bigger word than failure, it can be used for our government but I know we can move on by lending our helping hands to one another. This is indeed a healing message Tam!
Love
Tam

Tamarack Verrall
May 07
May 07

Dear Busayo,
For so long women have worked together to address the pain, the inequity, the many forms of violence of the current system. It is our voices and priorities that are needed now more than ever. I take heart that I am able to work together with sisters like you, and that women's voices and priorities are rising everywhere.
Love in deep sisterhood,
Tam

Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 06
May 06

Thank you for sharing!
Stay safe.
Best.

Tamarack Verrall
May 07
May 07

Thanks for stopping by Ana , and thank you for everything you do.
May we all come through this safely,
Tam

maeann
May 06
May 06

Thank you Tam :) very inspiring and encouraging.

Kika Katchunga
May 07
May 07

Hello Tamarack

Your message is very powerful and very inspiring; Thank you for sharing

Chidimma
May 07
May 07

Thanks Dear Tam, very inspiring and encouraging words to share and give the little we have.
Thanks for sharing. Stay safe.

Chidimma
May 07
May 07

Thanks Dear Tam, very inspiring and encouraging words to share and give the little we have.
Thanks for sharing. Stay safe.

Tamarack Verrall
May 07
May 07

Thanks Chidimma, I hope many who are relatively comfortable will think deeply about what can be done by sharing.
May you stay safe as well dear sister.

Wow this is a great message Tamarack,
Thank you for sharing and hope you are doing well.

Stay healthy and safe
Justine

Tamarack Verrall
May 07
May 07

Dear Justine,
Thank you so much. Sending you love, hoping that this moment in time will end all wars, knowing from so many sisters in your country that people have been in danger, and have lost homes and loved ones. As a global community we need to act for those in the worst circumstances first. Wishing you health and safety, too.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Thank you so much dear Tam.

I appreciate you asking and we are trying to cope with the current situation.

MUKABA ZAWADI
May 07
May 07

Thank you for sharing these messages I hope you were well. Really interesting and courageous

Tamarack Verrall
May 08
May 08

Dear Zawadi,
Thank you for your message, I am doing ok, staying in as much as possible. I hope that those who can, will think seriously about what they can offer.

MUKABA ZAWADI
May 11
May 11

OK thank you so much

Olubee
May 08
May 08

Dear Tam ,
Thanks for this inspiring message .There is love in sharing whatever we can give to one another ,we go a long way to ease the burden of the pandemic ,and giving to world pulse as well will go a long way at this time, because the good work must continue no matter what. I pray for everyone the heart of giving to others even in the face of scarsity.
Much love ,please stay safe.

Tamarack Verrall
May 08
May 08

Dear Olubee,
Beautiful words, and so true. And yes, we must take care of World Pulse, being in touch with each other gives us such hope and strength.

mahihadish
May 08
May 08

Thanks for sharing it is an interesting message .. I'm becoming very happy as I join this website
Best regards

Tamarack Verrall
May 08
May 08

Thanks Mahlet,
It is so good to have you here with us.

Hina Jillani
May 08
May 08

Hello Tam,
Hope you are safe.
Thank you for sharing this.

Tamarack Verrall
May 16
May 16

Thanks Hina, Please stay safe yourself, too.

Harris Namutebi
May 09
May 09

Hi Tam,
You have said it all,these are indeed hard times that we need to support one another. This is a stress full period where we even need social and moral support so that we don't break down.
Thanks for being great.
Harris.

Tamarack Verrall
May 16
May 16

Hi Harris my dear sister,
Yes, we must find all the ways that we can work together. I'm so glad we have been able to meet through World Pulse.

Vanora.Lee
May 15
May 15

Yes, exactly. The overwhelming calls did make me some time to put what(s) into actions in right priorities in the past few months. Thanks for your message, sharing and calling. Keep going and fighting, and getting ever stronger. Stay safe and well.

Tamarack Verrall
May 16
May 16

Thanks Vanora,
I feel so much is possible because we hav a way to work together here.

madison2308
May 16
May 16

Hello Tamarack,
Thank you for sharing. The history of the first world, second world, etc. name meanings is very interesting and something I did not know. I agree we should let go of that way of thinking and that capitalism is definitely not working. It is important that we all help where we can.

Tamarack Verrall
May 16
May 16

hi Madison,
I had no idea either, but decided to look it up online. Amazing how we can research now! Yes, imagine that we make some giant changes now that we are collectively in this new situation. I believe that now is such an important time for women's ideas to be put into action. Glad you see that it can all be different.