This online article was published on 25/11/22 by the Feminist Collective Kores Xapolytes, on facebook.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
We make this post today not just as a reminder that the 25th of November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, but because we want to remember all the feminist struggles that were the reason for such a day to exist.
In 1960, the Mirabal sisters were murdered because of their anti-fascist and feminist ideas against the dictatorial regime of the Dominican Republic. Their murders sparked a decades-long wave of protests across Latin America; outraged women took the streets and denounced the state violence over their own bodies.
Let’s also recall the recent movements of #NiUnaMenos (Not one less) and El Violador Eres Tu (The rapist is you), demonstrating how the fight and movement against gender-based violence is strong, timeless and ongoing.
It was due to such recent social circumstances that Kores Xapolytes were born, inspired by other international feminist movements. We met for the first time in the streets of Nicosia, on the 7th of March in 2021. We organized around the strong need of our voices to be heard and to communicate the experiences and traumas that we carry because of the Cypriot patriarchal society we live in.
Today, therefore, with our strong presence here, we demand that:
We are here and we are strong!