Motherhood is a a very special thing despite attempts to sentimentalize it, demean it, or glorify it as women’s only purpose–& even if some are epic failures at it. It’s a hard job & special, sacred trust because mothers are entrusted with children & introducing them safely to a scary, complex world.
They’re trying to demean motherhood by making it a techno-electronic or rent-a-womb thing, as if one could ever replace human bonds & nurturance between woman & child.
Feminism is often accused of being anti-motherhood. On the contrary. What feminism wants is respect for women & children & for the bonds of human love.
Mother’s Day is a time to pay tribute to the tens of thousands of mothers around the world whose children have been disappeared, tortured, murdered for taking an active stand against injustice & oppression. In country after country today, from Mexico to Kashmir, mothers & families of the disappeared organize to provide support to families & demand answers from the oppressive regimes that ripped their children away.
Those mothers never go away even after decades as they continue to pressure the regimes for such monstrous crimes. Photographic montages of the disappeared are a universal feature of their resistance which are still displayed decades later of the disappeared under Franco’s regime in Spain, the dictatorship in Argentina, the genocides in Honduras, Guatemala, Sri Lanka. Those photo montages stand as a symbol that the disappeared, through their families, will haunt justice until it is served.
The protester in the top photo is Jana Begum, a Kashmiri mother & activist in the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Indian-occupied Kashmir. APDP was founded by Parveena Ahangar after the disappearance of her 17-year-old son, Javaid Ahmad, in 1990. There are an estimated 8 to 10,000 Kashmiris disappeared under the Indian military occupation.
The protesters in the bottom photo are mothers & family members of 43 Ayotzinapa students disappeared in September 2014 by the Mexican military. In the past decade, over 22,000 Mexicans have been disappeared by the Mexican military which enforces martial law in the country under the guise of the war on drugs.
Our deepest respect to these mothers & activists & our fullest solidarity.