On 21 January 2017 millions of women and allies around the world, many who would never before have called themselves feminists or women’s human rights defenders, took to the streets because we knew we had to make ourselves seen and heard.
We are now a network of 100+ Chapters and thousands of Members worldwide who continue to take action every day in our local communities to advance women’s human rights.
Guided by the values of collaboration, radical empathy, and solidarity, we prioritise mobilisation across focus areas to build coalitions with truly grassroots organisers. Our goal is to amplify and support their work.
Our MissionOur mission is to mobilise and assemble the most impactful actions to defend women’s human rights globally.
Global Unity Principles
The Women’s March Global Unity Principles provide a fleshed out framework for our vision. They are the guiding principles for the international movement and are the foundations from which we operate.
The Women's March on Washington convened a broad and diverse group of leaders to produce an intersectional platform known as the Unity Principles. Women’s March Global Community organisers worked to ensure that the Unity Principles functioned across nations and borders. 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 framework 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, lesbian, queer, bisexual and trans women, and women of every religious, non-religious, and atheist background — are free and able to care for and nurture themselves and their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.
Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence.
We believe in accountability and justice in cases of police and state-sanctioned brutality and in ending racial profiling and targeting of communities of colour. We must dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system, and address the systemic violence women experience in the form of rape, domestic abuse, and trafficking.
Women of Jewish and Muslim faiths deserve to be free to practice their religion however and wherever they choose. The growing sentiments of Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism around the world are causing an increase in the harassment, intimidation, and violence that Muslim and Jewish women face on a daily basis.
We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any cuts to 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.
We firmly declare that LGBTI+ Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand, and protect the rights of our lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual brothers, sisters, and siblings. We must have the power to have bodily autonomy and be free from gender norms, expectations, and stereotypes.
We believe in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security, and equity. All people should be paid equitably, with 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.
We believe Civil Rights are our birthright, including voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, freedom of association and assembly, and protections for all people regardless of race, gender, age, or disability.
We believe that all women’s issues are issues faced by women with disabilities. 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.
We believe in immigrant and refugee rights regardless of legal status or country of origin. We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.
We support sovereignty for the Aboriginal, Indigenous, and Tribal peoples of this planet. They are the rightful owners and protectors of our Earth. We believe the practices and values of Aboriginal, Indigenous, and Tribal peoples must be respected and learned from. Forms of coercion used against them must be abolished. We seek to break white supremacist structures that continue to marginalise, oppress, and colonise Aboriginal, Indigenous, and Tribal peoples.
We believe that every person and every community have 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, government or military gain or greed — especially at the risk of public safety, health, and the climate genocide that Pacific Islanders are imminently facing.
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