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 --


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 all those who are committed to fighting for equality, justice, and women’s human rights worldwide. 2020’s Event, March for Our Human Rights, will focus on bodily autonomy, which is the right to have control over one’s own body without coercion or external pressures. This includes abortion rights, sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), sexual consent, period equality, family planning, access to healthcare services and information, and more.

In the last year alone, women’s sexual and reproductive and other human rights have experienced a massive rollback around the world. At a recent United Nations General Assembly meeting, the United States joined 19 member states, including Bahrain, Belarus, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen in declaring that women have no international right to abortion. The member states who denied women access to safe and legal abortion represent 1.3 billion people.

These 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 jeopardise the significant progress women have made in their push for civil 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.


It's Global - coming to a city near you. Visit our Events Page here to find an event near you!


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


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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 an enormous amount of sweat equity to put on a March so don’t worry if your community can’t plan one. Encourage your networks to hold an Event - big or small - in global solidarity on the day of the 18 January 2020.

We’ve put together Event ideas you can send to your network so that anyone, anywhere in the world can take part. Our goal is to have people participating in as many countries and cities as possible! 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 and reproductive health and 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 sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Partner with local businesses so that part of their profits for the day go to support organisations that focus on issues of sexual and reproductive rights, sexual and reproductive 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 and reproductive health and 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 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 access to sexual and reproductive healthcare - unsafe abortion is one of the three leading causes of preventable maternal deaths and injuries 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 and reproductive healthcare information and services can 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

Women's March Global is proud to partner with the following organisations for
the March For Our Human Rights

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SheDecides was launched at the start of 2017 as an urgent reaction to the Global Gag Rule. It has rapidly evolved from a hashtag and a one-day conference into a global political movement driving change, fuelled by community action, and with young people at its heart. Guided by the SheDecides Manifesto: A new normal where every girl and woman can decide about her body, her life, her future. Without question.

Working together, SheDecides advances the fundamental right of girls and women everywhere to enjoy their bodies, to make their own choices, to have access to comprehensive sexuality education and the full range of quality care that unite all parts of her sexual and reproductive life and health. A world where every girl and woman can exercise her right to privacy, gender identity, choosing partners, pleasure, marriage, children – and integrated services covering contraception, pregnancy, abortion, infertility, STIs, HIV, cancers and violence. The evidence is clear: when She Decides about her body, the world is better, stronger and safer.

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Amnesty International is a global movement of over seven million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all in more than 150 countries working together to protect and promote human rights. Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards and to conduct research and generate action to ensure countries around the world adhere to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights policy instruments. We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations. Amnesty International's partnership with Women’s March Global will help to ensure that women’s rights enshrined in international law are promoted and respected and observed.

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International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is a global charity committed to leading a locally owned, globally connected civil society movement that provides and enables services and champions sexual and reproductive health and rights. With a federation of 133 member associations working in 146 countries, IPPF has delivered over 223 million reproductive health and services to 68 million people. IPPF’s partnership with Women’s March Global for the “March For Our Human Rights” 2020 campaign will help raise awareness of global challenges surrounding sexual and reproductive health.

Interested in becoming a Partner Organisation? Fill out this Google Form

Check out our Partner toolkit!

16 Days of Activism

In recognition of the movements that have transpired – the history of activism and determination in the fight for sexual and reproductive rights and the violence experienced in the process – we are highlighting 16 Global Movements for Bodily Autonomy.

Over the last 25 years, around 50 countries have changed their laws to allow for greater access to abortion, and what united these successful campaigns to reform abortion laws is that women spoke out.

Today, 40% of women live in countries with highly restrictive abortion laws, where if abortion is legal, it is neither available nor accessible. That is why we are calling on you to join us on 18 January 2019 to March for Our Human Rights.


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