“We, the Women of the United States of America on behalf of all women everywhere, hereby declare that we are inviolable sovereign entities whose worth is self-evident and whose life, liberty, pursuit of happiness and self-determination are inalienable fundamental human rights
Whereas Women have been, are, and will be the basic human template, bearers and sustainers of life, the gardeners, the herbalists, the healers, the nurturers, the teachers, homemakers, the breadwinners, the builders of community and nations, the cornerstone of society and the family.
Whereas the rule by patriarchy for thousands of years has resulted in our rights being abridged, our being treated as property, our bodies being assaulted and sold, the Earth, our mother, plundered and polluted by profligate greed, our peace destroyed by continual war, our communities and families broken, and our institutions corrupted
Whereas patriarchy has perpetuated male dominance by:
• Systematically excluding women from the realms of power, blocking the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, working against equal
representation in government, despite the fact that we are 51% of the population
• Denying women economic parity by relying on women’s unpaid domestic labor, raising children, caring for elders or loved ones who are chronically ill, denying women promotions, equal pay for equal work, working against increases in minimum wage and cost-of-living increases to Social Security
• Oppressing women and causing immeasurable physical, psychological and emotional harm through commodification, sexual exploitation, trafficking, sexual harassment, rape, molestation, physical assault, emotional abuse,genital mutilation, psychological intimidation, domestic violence,
• Attempting to control women’s reproduction by blocking access to sex education and family planning, thereby restricting women’s autonomy and ability to reach full potential, even endangering women’s lives and health
Whereas the world is dangerously out-of-balance due to the abuse of power characteristic of patriarchy and empire-building, and as there will never be an end to conflict and injustice or lasting peace and harmony so long as women are mistreated and live in one form of bondage or another in societies ruled by men
We the Women hereby declare our independence from sanction or approval by a patriarchal culture or world system. We abjure and condemn all forms of domination of and violence towards women and girls everywhere. We declare our human right to live in a world free from misogyny and male supremacy that oppresses us and attempts to alienate us from our sisters in the struggle for truth, justice, fairness, equality, and peace
We unite in spirit and in action with all women and all men of conscience who join us in the struggle against the oppression of patriarchy until every woman in every nation everywhere across the globe can live in a world that is safe, harmonious, and respectful of life and nature, where women and the sacred feminine are again respected and honored as was the case in antiquity, and where we can live in peace and prosperity as many matri-focal societies have done
We hereby join in solidarity with our sisters throughout the world in reclaiming our rightful place in roles of leadership in the family, the workplace, society, worship, and government, and we demand gender parity in the form of fair and equal representation. We reclaim our long denied birthright to fully and freely explore and utilize our gifts, talents, intellect, spirituality, emotional sensibilities, sexuality, creativity, and power and declare this day, July 1, 2012 as our day of GLOBAL LIBERATION.”
PUBLISHER’S NOTE-We are honored at The MissStory to be involved with the dissemination of this inspired declaration and ask that each of you that resonate with it sign your name, city, state and/or country in the comments section below to be included in the formal signors of this document. Invitations are coming in to present this on national and global stages and we would like as many women behind it as we can. A special thank you goes out to Carol Bouldin who is the author along with suggestions and additions from Nancy Mancias Inc, and Iwanka Kultschysckyj. It was created and read at the National Gathering in Philadelphia and the Fem General Assembly earlier this month. We have also set up a TipMash donation button for anyone that feels moved to support the expenses of these women in getting this ratified and adopted around the globe. Thank you for adding your voice to the exciting movement of empowering women everywhere!
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