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      Fighting for Women's Rights During the Covid-19 Pandemic!

      What is ELLA?

      "ELLA (which means "she" in Spanish) began in 2014 as a meeting of women from 8 countries in Bello Horizonte, Brazil. By 2018, ELLA had connected more than 23 countries in Ibero-America in a great feminist movement, through projects and permanent campaigns developed in a collaborative and collective way" - @planetaella (Instagram)

      In September 2020 Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice was invited to join in ELLA to broaden this important Trans Inclusive feminist movement to the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico.

      Pre-ELLA North America

      On September 26, 2020 the Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice co-organized the Pre-ELLA North America virtual meeting. This meeting brought together women from many different walk of life to discuss the realities facing women today and building a more united and stronger feminist movement across borders! The meeting was co-chaired by Alison Bodine, from the Fire This Time Editorial Board and Edda Lopez of the Puerto Rican Independence Party.

      “The coronavirus pandemic has just intensified the pre-existing crisis in the patriarchal/ capitalist system, and women face the brunt of impact of the crisis. The capitalist mismanagement of covid-19 has deepened the conditions of exploitation and injustice which have developed in society, exposing great inequalities…A look at this situation which is present in the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico serves to undo many myths about capitalist countries, about the realities of the most oppressed people, women, migrants, Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ people, and youth amongst others.” - Excerpt by Alison Bodine, Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice,at the opening of the Pre-ELLA North America

      A Global Feminist Emergency

      Starting on November 7, 2020 women from across the Americas organized a range of actions fighting for the eradication of gender violence. Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice joined in the ELLA Feminist Emergency webinar. Together with other women, Tamara Hansen from the Fire This Time Editorial Board spoke about violence against women and the impact of sexism, racism, transphobia and homophobia against women in Canada. Tamara presented statistics exposing the government of Canada's failure to protect and advance women's rights - with a special focus on the racism and violence facing Indigenous women including how:

      • With Covid-19 the situation has become more dangerous. Canada is not collecting data about race and gender in many health authorities. While reports from the U.S. show that Black and Indigenous folks are contracting Covid-19 at higher rates and dying at higher rates. This data is not even being collected in many parts of Canada.

      • During Covid-19 women and trans folks across Canada are suffering more violence in the home.

      • Within Indigenous communities women are calling for a stronger plan to confront violence against women, especially in light of the findings of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.

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