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Don’t put your pussy hats back into the wardrobe

18th March 2017 – Women’s March Zürich.

Es regnet? “SCHEISS EGAL” hat das AFS team gesagt. 🙂

To us, it was simply Mother Nature’s way of saying “i am helping you all prove that the rain won’t even shut you up!”

We won’t and we didn’t.

Over 10 000 people showed up in solidarity, stopping traffic in Zürich today – there were diverse campaigns at the march, signs calling out every day sexism, inequality, a female’s right’s to her body. But this doesn’t mean that it is an overall fractured agenda. Patriarchy has affected all of us in various ways that we are speaking out with different messages.

Oppression is interconnected by various institutions and we must never examine them separately. Because if we do, there are people who will fall through the cracks – like the hundreds and thousands of refugee women who have braved dangerous journeys by crossing for safety away from war and persecution. To only arrive on the shores of Europe and then face detention imprisoned by male guards, exploitation, sexual gender based violence and trafficking. Exposed and trapped in unsafe and undignified living conditions because of the unscrupulous EU-Turkey deal. Our sisters, our grandmothers, our daughters: Their only crime? Seeking protection.

We wanted to push their stories to the forefront, that deserve to be told and heard. #MakeItSafe. Today, the AFS team marched for the 4000+ girls and women who has passed through the doors of our Athena Centre for Women on Chios. For those who are too afraid to report incidents of domestic violence or sexual harassment for various reasons.

There must be a collective emphasis on the communities that are so often left behind or treated as an afterthought in our daily lives, because liberty is a human right that MUST BE applied EQUALLY without favour.

Feminism is for everybody.

To the 10 000+ people who turned up today:

To protest is not enough. Don’t forget how you felt today.

Did you feel that fire, that urgency to take another step towards something bigger?

Do it. Network with like-minded people and hopefully, form meaningful bonds that will take off to make a bigger change. If you feel courageous enough already, have conversations with people with differing views. Try not to kill them. 🙂

Feel free to get in touch with us to raise our voices together for the world to truly acknowledge that women’s rights are human rights – regardless of her race, language, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, immigration status, sexual identity, age or disability.

We have come pretty far, but there is still a long road a head. But don’t put those pussy hats away. #FightLikeAGirl

— Gabrielle

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