The time has come for the annual International Women’s Day where we celebrate the wins of women while fighting to continue breaking the glass ceiling.
Last year, the Women’s March challenged the status quo by demanding rights within the realms of equal pay, sexual orientation and violence, freedom and political participation.
Every year, there will be controversy and resistance yet Malaysian women have proven their strength by soldiering forward despite those who try to silence them.
Since Covid-19 has rendered us all in isolation, the women’s march this year will take place online through the hashtag #WomensMarchMY. According to the Women’s March KL committee, the virtual event “does not mean we cannot remain visible, vocal, and loud about our demands for gender equality and our human rights.”
So far, there have been multiple posts recounting previous marches as well celebrating new movements through the distribution of art and poetry.
In order to get you started, here a few inspirational posts using the hashtag:
Art can heal. In tangible and intangible manners.
My wish is for my art to help in a tangible way, too. Which is why this month, 100% of profit from my art merch will go towards @womensaidorg to help aid women survivors of domestic violence.
— MOON HMZ 🌈 (@moonHMZ) March 6, 2021
Some block prints I’ve created the past few years, a tribute to feminist activists and freedom fighters in Malaysian history – Toni Kasim, Juliet Chin, Khadijah Sidek.
— Ezrena Marwan ايزرين مروان 亞茲莉娜 瑪萬 (@ezrenamarwan) March 8, 2021
#KekabumiPresents : Women We Adore
Here’s to them for making it happen and spurring us to do the same.
— Kekabumi (@kekabumi) March 7, 2021
— By Faizati ☕️ (@ByFaizati) March 8, 2021
— Fahmi Reza (@kuasasiswa) March 8, 2021
Feeling pumped? Good because you can participate too!
All you have to do is create a placard, take a picture with it and post it on your social media with a list of your demands for the year. Regardless of what you want, all issues are important and your voice deserves to be heard.
Just make sure to use the hashtag #WomensMarchMY