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Women’s March Global (WMG) — the international arm of the Women’s March on Washington (WMW) — has launched its mission statement as total participation across the world looks set to hit the one million mark.
Three hundred national and international sister marches will join forces with the Women’s March on Washington (WMW) DC rally on Jan 21 — the day after the U.S. Presidential Inauguration — spanning nearly 60 cities in 30 countries across six continents. As march day approaches, the WMG has set out four clear aims.
In a press statement, it announced the movement’s worldwide vision and values in a unifying framework called H.E.R.S., which spells out the women’s rights priorities of: Health, Economic Security, Representation, and Safety:
· “Health — Healthcare is the foundation of women’s well-being and economic stability. Women’s March Global advocates for access to affordable and inclusive women’s healthcare regardless of nationality, age, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
· Economic Security — Women are powerful drivers of economic growth, and their economic empowerment benefits all nations. Women’s March Global supports the dismantling of economic barriers that obstruct women’s full and equal access to local, national, and global economic systems.
· Representation — Women are under-represented globally, adversely affecting our collective health, safety, and economic security. Women’s March Global seeks fair and just representation of women locally, nationally, and internationally.
· Safety — Every woman has the need and right to feel physically secure, and security for women should be assured through sound legal practices. Women’s March Global stands behind the principle that women are not to be held accountable for actions that are outside their control — particularly regarding all forms of assault — and that fair legal action must be applied to prevent these crimes.”
The global team wants to encourage coalitions across the world to consider adopting the H.E.R.S. framework for future campaigns to address critical issues that disproportionately affect women, such as climate change and democratic governance.
Karen Olson, a global coordinator and organizer for the Geneva march, said:
“Women’s March Global seeks to build local coalitions of grassroots organizers and to empower them as part of a sustainable global network. The energy and enthusiasm generated by our first mass mobilization on January 21st can then provide the momentum to these coalitions to organize future campaigns to promote both women’s rights as human rights and other progressive values.
“Women’s March Global invites all those who share our commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion as well as mitigating climate change to join our local coalitions of marchers raising our voices as concerned and responsible global citizens.”