In light of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony of sexual assault and a delay in the full Senate vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh’s lifetime seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, Women’s March and Women’s March Global have announced that their third annual march will take place on 19 - 20 Jan, 2019.
“This week’s events have reminded the nation and the world how important it is that we come together, stand up and speak out to create a more fair and equitable world for women,” shares Lara Stein, Executive Director of Women’s March Global. “Too many of us have stories similar to Christine’s, many of us too fearful to share them. Sexual assault survivors must be heard. We #BelieveHer and we #BelieveSurvivors.”
In 2017 following the Presidential election, six million people marched around the world in the largest peaceful protest in U.S. history. The #WomensWave is coming with the intention to sweep up the world along with it - bigger, louder, and more powerful than ever before.
“Women’s March Global seeks to unite and empower women in pursuit of a more equitable world and advocates for the health, economic security, representation and safety of women,” says Director of Global Community Uma Mishra-Newbery. “The only way we, and the world, understand our collective power as women is by coming together. The Women's March Global Platform is creating a space for all women activists and organisations to connect so the world can see the collective power of our actions.”
Global - in cities around the world.
Because the violence that women experience on a daily basis is a worldwide issue and must end. Because women and girls are tired of having their bodies and rights policed.
Steps to Organize Your #WomensWave Event
- Use the Global Platform to sign up as a Member or Chapter and start your event.
- Use the graphics and press releases to help coordinate messaging for your event.
- Find resources below from Media Advisories, to Graphics, and links.
- Spread the word.
- Create posters, post on social media and spread the news with word-of-mouth sharing your event link on the Global Platform.
- Use the hashtag #WomensWave. Put out a press release announcing your action. Find a sample release in the Resource section below.
- Get involved with Women’s March Global and follow us on social media
- Email: [email protected]
- Instagram: @womensmarchglobal
- Twitter: @WM_Global
- Facebook: @womensmarchglobal
#WomensWave Event Types
- ACTION: An Action is a direct and physical act to promote and catalyse specific changes in your community and in governance. Some Action suggestions:
- A letter writing campaign to your local elected officials regarding a particular local, regional, or national policy that allows for is a loophole for perpetrators of violence against women
- Hold a food or supplies drive for a local center that gives help to and/or supports victims of domestic violence
- Create artwork or set up a "facts display" in a public space to engage your community on the local, national, and global statistics of violence against women
- Partner with local businesses so that part of their profits for the day go to support crisis centers that help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or another organization that helps victims of sex trafficking or refugees who are victims of gender-based violence as a weapon of war.
- CONFERENCE: a large, potentially multi-day ticketed event focused on a number of issues of interest to the local community. Some Conference suggestions:
- Plan a day or two of round tables and panel discussions in your region for women to come and learn about the multiple areas where women face violence.
- HUDDLE: a gathering of a small group of friends, family, neighbours and fellow organisers, providing a guide and a space to meet. Some Huddle suggestions:
- Hold a weekly reading group for the month of January around the theme violence against women - read articles, novels, or academic books about the issue. The more specific the issue the better this might work.
- Hold a live-stream watching party and watch live streams of the Anniversary Events all around the world!
- SALON: an intimate gathering, a “convening” with 100 or fewer people that includes one or more live speakers. Some Salon suggestions:
- Hold a panel discussion on violence against women in your local or regional area, or in your nation more broadly. Invite women to speak whom you know are involved in these issues, whether as volunteers, as heads of organizations, as academics or teachers, or as local leaders.
- VIGIL: an informal gathering or meetup in respect of a specific issue, cause, or tragedy. Some Vigil Suggestions:
- Hold a vigil for victims of gender-based violence. This could be person specific - perhaps there are women or women-identified persons who have been killed recently in your local area. This could be issue-specific - for example, victims of domestic violence, or victims of gender-based violence as a weapon of war. This could be abstract - for the estimated [xx] women or women-identified persons who will die from gender-based violence in 2019.
Forms of Violence That Women Experience
- Partner and intimate violence
- Sex trafficking
- Gender-based violence and rape as a weapon of war
- Cyber bullying
- Sexual harassment
- Psychological and emotional violence
- Female circumcision (or female genital mutilation)
- Sexual assault and rape
- Child marriage
- State violence against women
Violence against women-related topics you can consider holding your Event around to raise awareness:
- laws and policies that defend perpetrators or allow them to get away with their crimes
- the lack of reporting at all, but especially to formal institutions
After your Anniversary Event
MORE TO COME SOON!