Mary Ward Loreto joined the Civil Society March for Girls and Women’s Rights in Albania on International Women’s Day- 8 March, 2019.
In the first months of 2019, approximately every 7 days a woman has been killed. In Albania, since January 1st, 8 women and girls have been killed. The 8th of March, International Women’s Day, is not just a day for Women, but it is a day when we must restate the missing narrative about women’s rights, labour rights, and equality of opportunity, not just about the right to life.
The 8th of March needs to be a reminder to society that concrete social and institutional initiatives need to be made to educate boys and girls to not just talk about the right to life but also to prevent teenage marriage, domestic violence, and equal opportunities for women in every sphere of life.
This year, civil society protested. It was a black day! The black worn and the black used on signs symbolized institutional silence. Black also represented the silence of society in the face of injustice to women and girls in this patriarchal reality.
We refuse to be the next victims!