There are moments of such immense power that they catch your breath.
Like this, when a woman finally escaped from ISIS territory — and felt this moment of sheer relief and freedom:
Or just weeks ago, when a Guatemalan court found two former soldiers guilty of sexual slavery against Indigenous women. As I wrote here, in this moment of celebration after the verdict, women found some measure of justice after years of silencing and repression:
Or the moment when a group of high school girls in Kenya came together as friends and graduated as a new generation of leaders.
Moments like this are why we fight — today, on International Women's Day, and every single day.
I'm not just thinking of the moments that grab headlines. I'm also talking about the countless moments in women's lives across the world — when a girl picks up a pen and learns to write, when women help each other escape abuse, when women organize together in quiet backrooms or on loud streets.
Together — you, MADRE and our sisters worldwide — we create moments that bend the arc of our reality towards justice for all women and girls.
Thank you. And Happy International Women's Day!
P.S. Will you be in New York next week? Click here for more information on MADRE's event series New Direction on the Road to Rights. I hope you can attend!