Why We March
For 35 years, IWHC has nurtured the women’s movement, funding and supporting feminist organizations in more than 40 countries. Our work teaches us that collective action is the key to change.
On January 19, 2019, the International Women’s Health Coalition is proud to join advocates and supporters of women's rights as we march to mark the anniversary of the Women's March in the United States.
As we take to the streets alongside our peers, partners, and allies, we are reminded of the power of women’s movements to drive change. Time and again, the mobilization of women has proven pivotal to the advancement of human rights—especially sexual and reproductive rights.
The victories of the past year—from Argentina to South Africa—are a testament to this power. They tell a story of women’s resilience, determination, and hope. In Argentina, hundreds of thousands of women in green scarves created a “green wave” of protest, leading a historic campaign for abortion rights. In Kenya, women’s mass mobilization on social media led the Kenyan government to backtrack on its efforts to prevent Marie Stopes International from providing abortion services. In South Africa, survivors of violence called for a #TotalShutdown of rampant sexual harassment and abuse in the country. And in India, 2019 kicked off with millions of women coming together to create a “wall of women” against gender inequality.
This is a global day of activism and an opportunity to celebrate the strength and solidarity of women and girls. It is a powerful display of what women can accomplish when we stand together and present our demands.
The year 2019 marks IWHC’s 35th anniversary. Since our founding, we have nurtured the women’s movement, funding and supporting feminist organizations in more than 40 countries. Our work teaches us that collective action is the key to change.
Together with our peers, partners, and allies, we march because equality is within reach; because we, the women’s movement, are the most effective advocates for our rights.
We march for sexual and reproductive rights, for access to health care, for equality, and for justice.
We march against all forms of oppression that keep women and girls from living healthy, empowered lives.
We march because love is greater than hate; because diversity makes us stronger.
We march because change is never achieved alone. And, when we march, we are marching in step with our sisters across the world with one goal: human rights and equality for all.
Wherever you are, you can join us by sharing messages of strength and solidarity, by marching in your own community, or by supporting organizations that are fighting to advance women's health and rights every day. We encourage you to get involved in whatever way feels right to you.
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