International Women’s Day
All across the globe people were celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. Everywhere from Brasília to the Philippines, women rallied behind various banners expressing their freedom, anger, and hopes for the future.
In the coastal waters off Chile, Greenpeace displayed a banner in solidarity on its ship, the Rainbow Warrior. In the US, women’s groups organized “A Day Without A Woman” to commemorate International Women’s Day. Women were encouraged not to go to work or go shopping as a way of signaling the power and contributions women make in the US.
In Brazil, the team Cruzeiro Esporte chose to support Women’s Day in typical Brazilian fashion – making a statement with football. The Belo Horizonte-based club collaborated with the state agency of human rights, AzMina, to compile data to raise awareness about the plight of women. The statistical data was then reproduced on the Cruzeiro footballs jerseys with a different message on each shirt.
“Cruzeiro Esporte Club has participated in various campaigns against all kinds of prejudices,” said the club’s president Gilvan de Pinho Tavares. “In the 21st century, seeing women victims of violence and discrimination is unacceptable.”
Cruzeiro wore their jerseys on International Women’s Day at a match against Murici-AL. Each jersey highlighted a different issue that women still face on a daily basis. Statistics related to each particular issue were directly tied to the number on the player’s jersey, making for a powerful statement about the need for increased awareness of women’s rights.
On the number 11 shirt it read, “Every 11 minutes, a woman is being raped.” The number 3 jersey states, “Women work three times more than men at home,” and number 5 explains that Brazil ranks fifth in femicides in the world. The number 2 jersey says, “One woman dies every two hours.” The goal keeper’s shirt said that women only represent 12 percent of the country’s mayors. No. 7 says “7 out of 10 unemployed are women,” and No. 8 reads, “8 out of every 10 women suffer harassment.”
A similar initiative was completed by the Costa Rican football league, where it was agreed that players would not celebrate any goals scored on March 8 as part of a campaign meant to express solidarity with women victims of violence. The campaign #AunNoHayNadaQueCelebrar, (there’s still nothing to celebrate), launched by the National Institute of Security, equipped the Costa Rican players with black jerseys showing national statistics on gender violence and gender inequality at the beginning of each match.
Cruzeiro Esporte led the charge Wednesday morning on Twitter as it began to share stories of important women in the club and revealed the uniforms. Using a photo of a female fan, they posted the message:
8 de Março – As mulheres não querem parabéns. Elas querem respeito! #VamosMudarOsNúmeros