Annual March 2020

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March For Our Human Rights

Save the date - 18 January 2020.

We march once again. When our rights are under attack, what do we do? STAND UP, FIGHT BACK.

-- #ThisIsGlobal #MarchForOurHumanRights #MFOHR #WomensMarch --


What?

On 18 January 2020, millions of women and allies around the world will join the fourth annual march of Women’s March Global, a yearly event that brings together inspired, international change-makers committed to fighting for equality, justice, and human rights worldwide. Next year’s event, March for Our Human Rights, will focus on bodily autonomy, which is the right to self-governance over one’s own body without coercion or external pressures. This includes abortion rights, sexual health and reproductive rights, sexual consent, period equality, family planning, medical treatments, and more.

In the last year alone, women’s reproductive, sexual and human rights have experienced a massive rollback around the world. At a recent United Nations General Assembly meeting, the United States joined 19 nations, including Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iraq and Libya in declaring that women have no international right to abortion. These member states represent 1.3 billion people who have agreed to partner with the United States in its mission to restrict a woman's access to safe and legal abortions.

These international attempts to subvert women’s human rights are what drives Women’s March Global and their local chapters and members to bring international attention to these pressing issues. The consequences of inaction are profound and can jeopardize the significant progress women have made in their push for civil rights and social equality. Women’s March Global is committed to action-oriented solutions that will empower women to overcome systemic discrimination and advance their human rights.

Where

It's Global - coming to a city near you. See the updated list (updated weekly).

Why?

Women’s reproductive, sexual and human rights have experienced a massive rollback around the world. Below are a list of articles for more information.

Ask for all language on Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights to be stripped from U.N. documents

Articles on governmental stance that there is no international right to abortion

Articles on Period Equality

Information on Abortion Rights

How?

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How to Register for March for Our Human Rights (Written Instructions)

1. First, check! Is there a March already registered near you?

Yes. You're all set! Contact the leaders and offer to help out!
No. Go to Question 2.

2. Is there a Chapter near you?

Yes. Great! Contact them and ask: are you Marching?

Yes. You're all set! Contact the leaders and offer to help out!
No. Okay! Offer to be the one to do it! We'll help you every step of the way. You're Registering a Chapter-Led Event.

No. Okay - Would you like to start one? (It's not required.)

Yes. Fantastic! Go to How to Start a Chapter. Come back here when you're done. You're Registering a Chapter-Led Event.
No. No worries! You're Registering a Member-Led Event.

Registering a Chapter-Led Event

  1. Join! (If you haven’t already.)
  2. You’ll need to be the Chapter Ambassador or appointed to a Leadership Role to create the Event. Once you are, head to the next step.
  3. Click on your name in the top right-hand corner, and go to 'Admin Panel (your Chapter Name)'
  4. Click 'Create Event'
  5. Fill out the information as fully as possible (don’t worry, you can update it later!). The * are required fields.
  6. Click 'Save Changes' - You're Marching! Check your email for a confirmation email.

Registering a Member-Led Event

  1. Join! (If you haven’t already.)
  2. Click on your name in the top right-hand corner, and go to 'My Events'
  3. Click 'Create Event'
  4. Fill out the information as fully as possible (don’t worry, you can update it later!). The * are required fields.
  5. Click 'Save Change' - You're Marching! Check your email for a confirmation email.

Event Types

It takes time and resources to put together an Event so we want you to have options for different types of Events you can hold - after all Resistance is not just about Marching! That’s why we put together this Events Ideas List for 18 January 2020, the Global March for Our Human Rights.


MARCH The classic. Marches can take a lot of work! Don’t be afraid to make it non-traditional. A well-placed short march from a rally in a prominent location in town (like the local park or square) can be easier than trying to cordon off large parts of your city or town.

“A March is a public gathering to bring attention to a specific issue or issues. The main purpose of a march is public awareness, which can be connected to specific actions such as policy change. A March starting point and endpoint usually have significance and direct relation to the issues being addressed, such as government buildings, embassies, corporate headquarters, etc. Most Marches either begin, end, or are bookended by a Rally with live speakers.”


ACTION An Action is a direct and physical act to promote and catalyse specific changes in your community and its governance. Here are some actions you could take centred around this year’s topic:

  • Hold an information day on women’s health at your local doctor’s office or walk-in clinic
  • Hold a free women’s health care day at your local community centre. Ask local doctors and health experts (like nutritionists) to give free check-ups and provide information.
  • Set up a booth in a prominent place to hand out information about sexual health and reproductive rights (include practical information - when/where to get a mammogram or contraceptives, and informative facts - xx% of women around the world do not have access to healthcare)
  • LETTER-WRITING: A great way to put pressure on government officials is to send a letter. Coordinate with a group of people to send a unified message that fights for our human rights. This may focus on a specific local, regional, or national policy/law that you are calling to change. Leading up to 18 January, we will provide letter templates as well as printable postcards.
  • TWEETSTORM: Similar to letter writing, a tweetstorm is a great way to send a unified message demanding change. Call on your digital community to send out tweets with a particular message on 18 January 2020, make sure to include #Hashtags (e.g. #MarchForOurHumanRight #MyBodyMyChoiceMyRight) so your tweets will all appear together and tag the people (government leaders or organisations) you are addressing. Remember a Tweetstorm can be added to any action or event you’re participating in!
  • Create artwork or set up a display in a public space to engage your community on local, national, and global information on reproductive rights and sexual health.

Partner with local businesses so that part of their profits for the day go to support organisations that focus on issues of reproductive rights, sexual health, period poverty etc.


HUDDLE A small gathering of friends, family, neighbours, and fellow organisers, providing a space to meet and speak openly about issues surrounding Bodily Autonomy. Some Huddle suggestions:

  • Hold a weekly reading group for the month of January around the theme of Bodily Autonomy - read articles, novels, or academic books about the issue. You may want to focus on a specific issue within the broader theme to make discussions easier to contribute to (like access to sanitary products, abortion, etc).
  • Hold a Livestream watching party and watch the Livestream of Marches and Events taking place all over the world.

Connect with a group of women and allies by holding a circle to share stories relating to the theme of this March, Bodily Autonomy. Sharing our stories is vital because when we bring our stories into the light, we not only empower ourselves but also those who are afraid to do so.


SALON A gathering with 100 or fewer people that includes one or more speaker/performer. Some Salon suggestions:

  • Hold a discussion about sexual health and reproductive rights in your local or regional area. Invite people to speak whom you know are involved in these issues, whether as volunteers, leaders in organisations, academics or teachers, or as local activists.
  • Do you know anyone involved in activism, an artist/poet/musician or public figure. Connect with them to speak/perform at the Salon.



VIGIL An informal gathering or meetup in respect for a specific issue, cause, or tragedy. Some Vigil suggestions:

  • Use the timeline of the history of Bodily Autonomy activism (COMING SOON!) to hold a vigil to honour all the work and sacrifices of women, allies and activists that were made to get us where we are today.
  • Hold a vigil for those who have lost their lives because of violations of their bodily autonomy. For example, those who have lost their lives due to inadequate sexual health and reproductive healthcare - Unsafe abortion is one of the three leading causes of maternal death worldwide.



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-long Event of round tables and discussions were women can come and learn about how lack of access to sexual health and reproductive care negatively impact women from around the world. Invite speakers who are involved in and/or knowledgeable advocates and supporters of these issues to speak at your Event.

Partner Organisations

Stay tuned!

Resources

Logos + Templates

  • Open Graphic for use to promote MFOHR 2020
  • Open Graphic to use on Instagram for use to promote MFOHR 2020
  • Open Graphic to use on Instagram, with WMG logo for use to promote MFOHR 2020
  • Open Graphic to use on Instagram for use to promote MFOHR 2020 - banner format



Want to add text for your own Chapter or Event? Download an editable file of the Instagram template.
File format: .psd / Photoshop.

Media Advisory

File:Media Advisory March for our Human Rights.pdf