Mother's Day is all about celebrating moms, motherhood, and maternal bonds (to quote Wikipedia), but why do we stop there? What about celebrating all women?
That's what the National Day Labor Organizing Network and human rights movement Puente Arizona is planning to do on Sunday, May 13, with the event Noche de Mujeres en Resistencia, which will feature a musical performance by female Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux.
Organizers are hoping the event brings to light some of the struggles women across the world experience day in and day out: "We're celebrating women, whether they are mothers or not," says Puente representative Sandra Castro. "We're celebrating the resistances they're a part of. Whether you're talking about Chiapas and the Zapatista uprising, or Palestinian uprisings, there are a lot of movements around the world that women play a big part in."
The event will feature all-female performers as well as educational discussions, food and art in the name of female empowerment.
"Whether you're talking about Chiapas and the Zapatista uprising, or Palestinian uprisings, there are a lot of movements around the world that women play a big part in."
--Sandra Castro, Puente Arizona
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Regarding Tijoux, the event marks a rare opportunity to see the young lady who has become something of a Latin hip-hop all-star, not only in South America but around the world. The French-born former Chilean exile, is reaching new heights by combining "socially conscious lyrics" with a smooth staccato flow over downtempo, jazz-infused beats. Her latest album, La Bala, is largely inspired by civil unrest around the globe; from student protests in Chile and the crisis in Greece to the Occupy movement.
Noche de Mujeres en Resistencia goes down Sunday, May 13, at the Puente Movement office in downtown Phoenix. The show starts at 6 p.m. and is free to the public, although the group is asking for a $5 donation to go toward the costs of securing the stage and sound equipment.