Unity Principles

Unity Principles

The Women's March on Washington convened a broad and diverse group of leaders to produce an intersectional platform known as the Unity Principles. Representing a new understanding of the connected nature of our struggles and a vision of our collective liberation, the Unity Principles continue to be a guiding light for our movement.

We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. We must create a global community in which women — including Black women, indigenous women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer, and trans women — are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.

Ending Violence

Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies. We believe in accountability and justice in cases of police brutality and in ending racial profiling and targeting of communities of colour. It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system, and to address the systemic violence women experience in the form of rape, domestic abuse, and trafficking.

Reproductive Rights

We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location, or education.

LGBTQIA+ Rights

We firmly declare that LGBTQIA+ Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand, and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans, or gender non-conforming brothers, sisters, and siblings. We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations, and stereotypes.

Workers’ Rights

We believe in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security, and equity. All women should be paid equitably, with access to affordable childcare, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, and healthy work environments. All workers — including domestic and farm workers, undocumented workers, and migrant workers - must have the right to organise and fight for a living minimum wage.

Civil Rights

We believe Civil Rights are our birthright, including voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all people regardless of race, gender, age, or disability.

Disability Rights

We believe that all women’s issues are issues faced by women with disabilities and Deaf women. We seek to break barriers to access, inclusion, independence, and the full enjoyment of human rights at home and around the world. We strive to be fully included in and contribute to all aspects of life, economy, and culture.

Immigrant Rights

We believe in immigrant and refugee rights regardless of status or country of origin. We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.

Environmental Justice

We believe that every person and every community has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed — especially at the risk of public safety and health.