The first International Working Women’s day celebrated and asserted women’s right to vote and participation in political struggles. It was truly, as Alexandra Kollontai called it, “a militant celebration”. Since then, women have and continue to put their foot forward in the struggle against capital, imperialist and fascist forces in every corner of the world.
From Shaheen Bagh to Tikri border, women have shouldered the resistance forward, and demanded their due respect in the ranks of labouring people, both within the unions and from the oppressors.
This week in Bol we celebrate the struggles and the victories of women throughout history and the strength of women who continue to put forward their demands, with this militant poem by Surinder Jaipal. Read by Sangeet Toor, whose participation in the ongoing farmers has been unfailing, this poem is an ode to the hundreds of women still unfazed at the protest sites against the regime.