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Why marching works: The women who marched and won in 2019

Marie Claire

This Saturday, 21st January, women all over the world will descend on their city streets and march in their thousands for the first major demonstration of 2019. It comes after a year that saw street protests gain popularity across the world. Here's our pick of the best.

Words by Kaya Windrich

Its little surprise that so many millions across the world are taking to the streets this weekend. 2019 was a great year for protests. All over the world, from Iceland to Argentina, women made their voices heard – and it worked.

Ireland

March

In a similar show of solidarity, around 20,000 protesters marched in Dublin, and 20 other cities globally, in September 2019 as part of a campaign to ‘Repeal the 8th’, the amendment of the Irish constitution that forbids abortion. The demonstration gained widespread support and has led to a Civil Assembly to discuss the possibility of repealing the 8th amendment, with backing from the UN.

Argentina

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In September 2019, 200,000 women went on strike in Buenos Aires in protest against violence towards women. Instigated by the violent rape and murder of 16-year-old school girl Lucia Perez, demonstrators left work at 1pm, to march in a country where a woman is killed through domestic violence every 36 hours, and crimes against women have soared by 78 per cent since 2008. Across Argentina and South America, reaching Mexico, El Salvador, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, others matched the march in a show of solidarity against femicide.

Iceland

Only a week after the marches in Argentina, women in Iceland (considered a leader in gender equality), walked out in protest against the 18 per cent gender pay gap. Leaving work at 2.38pm, (the time they are effectively paid until), thousands of women headed to Austurvollur Square in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik to protest.

Israel

March

The March of Hope, which started as a minor event in Rosh Hanikra, Israel, ended in Jerusalem as a huge rally when thousands of Jewish and Arab women from all over the country, gathered outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in defiance against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The women, wearing white and chanting songs of peace, passed through the West Bank in Jericho on the 14-day trek to Jerusalem.  Singer Yael Deckelbaum, who performed at the rally, said, ‘They told me there was nobody to make peace with.





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