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A woman crouching with her eyes closed and a bouquet of flowers in her hand is facing an indigenous child who brings her hand to her face. In the background is a tree in a flat area of land with a hut farther away on the horizon.
Image courtesy of Sunderta Kaur - personal archive

We live in a time where Women's Day still exists. Women's Day, like several other days that still exist, remembering the oppressed minorities in their being and existence. We live in a world where diversity, otherness, sovereignty, and autonomy are not yet universal. We live in a time where the perspectives are of a lot of work so that we can be respected and respected in our choices and welcomed and accepted in our individualities.

That is why today, more than ever, is the day to reaffirm our commitment to sow a more just, dignified, sovereign world for all beings, for all species, since the dignity of each one depends on the dignity that exists in the whole.

A day to commit to a world where we can actually celebrate diversity instead of its various minorities. A day that reminds us that we are one and not how much we have been massacred throughout history.

That is why Seva Corps celebrates each and every woman who is part of its network, who sows a seed of dignity and hope in these times of such darkness and challenges.

We celebrate all women, because according to the seva mapping we conducted in 2020 (the year the pandemic started) in Latin America and endorsed by several studies worldwide, it was more challenging for women to stay active in the world after the pandemic.

Approximately 45% who participated in our survey have done seva, but were no longer able to sustain their commitment at that time. This percentage is almost 25% higher than that found among men. In the context of the survey, this suggests that women may have withdrawn more from seva projects not because of a desire to do so, but often because of the many tasks assigned to them that have accumulated even more with the pandemic without such a support network available to them.

chart that elucidates seva involvement by gender and also how many men and women needed to drop out of their sevas without specifying the reason. Data obtained by a survey conducted in Latin America in 2020 by Seva Corps.
Mapping seva in Latin America: involvement in seva by gender

We must point out, however, that women represent more than 86% of the participants in the survey conducted, which shows that women continue to be numerically more active in seva projects, even though many have started and had the need to interrupt their commitment.

 chart elucidating the stated gender of participants in the Seva Corps' 2020 survey on seva in Latin America.
Mapping seva in Latin America: gender of survey participants

We take this opportunity and this scenario to honor all those who have taken into their hands, often alone, the craft of educating a human being with more integrity and integration with nature and the Vast Infinite, capable of sowing even more hope throughout their lives. Or even that they have focused on sustaining the domestic and/or financial structures so that other human beings could be active in the world.

Today is a day for us to consciously commit ourselves to leaving a more fertile soil for sowing fair, dignified times, where no one need fear to simply be and exist anymore. A day to thank all those who have not traded their dignity and autonomy (often with their lives) so that today we can reflect, act, and participate autonomously for a more just and dignified world for all.

 A woman has her right hand on her heart and in her left arm she is carrying a baby who is holding her hand over her mouth. The woman has her eyes closed and a smile on her face as if blessing the child who is relaxed and with a laugh in the corner of her eye on her lap.
Photo by Bernard Machado for the Yoga e Negritude project

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