The rights and progress we have achieved as feminist movement in the world are now threatened. A few hours ago, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the historic ruling of Roe v. Wade of 1973, determining that abortion is no longer a constitutional right and allowing each state in the country to regulate and even prohibit abortion.
This represents an advance of the conservative and right-wing sectors in the world, making this ruling part of the onslaught against our rights. We know that our capacity for mobilization and transformation is opposed by these conservative and misogynist agendas, which attack and question not only the legalization of abortion, but also the right to a non-sexist education, equal marriage, the fight against male violence and other legislative advancements that represent the expansion of rights for our societies as a whole.
Fifty years ago, the North American feminist movement, as well as that of other countries, pushed forward an advanced agenda on sexual, reproductive and non-reproductive rights, which had an impact on a continental and global level. Those of us who recognize ourselves as feminists, know that what we have achieved has been the result of the great massiveness of our slogans and the political struggle on an international scale. For this reason, in recent years, in the midst of the conservative and right-wing offensive, it was the feminist movements –particularly in Latin America– that showed the capacity to resist and to build a profoundly democratic and emancipatory horizon of transformation.
We are certain that these attacks on gender agendas have other underlying interests: they seek to curtail our democracies in the name of freedom, attacking social and political rights, particularly those that promote equality.
We call upon ourselves, as feminists from different parts of the world, to be in a state of alert, making it clear that we will be more united than ever. We are convinced that the struggle for our emancipation can only be collective and international, and that to defend our rights is to fight for equality.
Gabriela Montaño (Bolivia), Gabriela Rivadeneira (Ecuador), Paola Pabón (Ecuador), Eli Gómez Alcorta (Argentina), Irene Montero (Spain), María José Pizarro (Colombia), Karol Cariola (Chile), Antonia Orellana (Chile), Manuela D'Ávila (Brazil), Nadine Gasman (Mexico), Manuela D'Ávila (Brazil), Nadine Gasman (Mexico), María Nela Prada (Bolivia).
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