Note from BW of Brazil: Hard to believe, but it’s July 25th once again, and as always, we commemorate the International Day of Latin American and Caribbean Black Women. Some may ask why it is necessary that we celebrate such a day rather than a day for ALL women. Well, in fact, we DO celebrate a day for all women and that day falls on March 8th every year. But the experience of being BLACK and a woman in a world dominated by Western values and white supremacy is quite different from being a white woman. Need proof of this? Well, there are more than five years of material on this blog that will provide all of the evidence you will need! No need to even debate the issue. Let us all just celebrate the Day of Black Women in Latin America and the Caribbean! Congratulations to ALL sisters in the region! Below, is how the date is being celebrated in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul and a few videos showing what the celebrations looked like in 2015 and 2016.
Event marks the International Day of Latin American and Caribbean Black Women in Mato Grosso do Sul
Activities in the Imigrantes square in the downtown of the capital city, Campo Grande, Monday night (24th) will mark the date in the state.
Courtesy of Folha MT
A roundtable on women’s empowerment and artistic presentations by Afro-Brazilian and choral groups will Monday (24) in Campo Grande, mark the International Day of Latin American and Caribbean Black Women, which is officially celebrated on the July 25th.
The event will be promoted from 6:00 pm, at Imigrantes Square, at Rua Rui Barbosa (street), 65, in the downtown region of the Mato Grosso do Sul capital city. Among the entities that are promoting the initiative, which was renamed “Roda e Sarau das Negras”, are the União Brasileira de Mulheres (Brazilian Women’s Union) (UBM), the Coletivo de Mulheres Negras (Black Women’s Collective) and the Grupo Trabalho Estudo Zumbi (TEZ or Zumbi Work Study Group).
According to the entities, the date was included in the country’s commemorative calendar in 2014 as a way to reaffirm the importance of the struggle and resistance of black women.
Source: Folha MT