The Hardest Fight

Abby Zimet


Of all the rallies and marches in honor of International Women's Day, the most inspiring have to be those drawing the thousands of women who had to fight hardest to get there. Many are the women of poor Muslim countries who daily face rape, beatings, forced marriages, honor killings, domestic violence – never mind the garden-variety discrimination of developed countries – with little recourse to legal or political help.

The 10,000 women marching in Kinshasa to protest violence against women and
children in the Congo's war,
the women in  Bangalore in southern India protesting violent attacks by religious extremists in the name of "moral policing," the women in Islamabad chanting for equal rights in Pakistan – this is courage. We hope the Obama administration hears the voices of activists urging the U.S. to adopt U.N.-sponsored global initiatives aimed at protecting women – from our lush perch, the least we can do.


A human rights activist holds a placard during an International Women's Day rally in Karachi


This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do.

Share This Article

More in: