March of the women by Gráinne Smith, written for 8th March – International Women’s Day – 2011
Marching with their hearts those hardy souls pushed,
argued, fought laws long deemed immovable,
brought basic rights. All wrought by loving hands
and standing up to be counted for us – the Here and Now.
Yet still today across our world some live with dread –
cruel blows, whips, boots – the right to peace assumed
the sole preserve of men who lay down rules. These sisters,
degraded, can only dream a life without torture, rape.
her voice spoke
of so many tears
as she told
of that plastic bag
the police handed over –
a daughter whose bones
there among other
We too can raise our voices,
stand for rights within the dark.
We too can fight for those
with no power, our hearts
march for freedom.
We too can light that spark.
‘Broken’ – For Paula Bonilla Flores, whose daughter Maria died in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in 1998, and who answered the question ‘What do you miss most about your daughter?’ with a sigh – described by human rights artist Tamsyn Challenger, as a broken breath which she finds impossible to forget. ‘Since January 2010 alone over 300 women have been murdered or abducted in the area – more than one a day.’
400 women exhibition www.400women.tumbir.com – remembering the lives of women ages from 13 years up, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.