Together, We Will Rise Up
by Faith on February 6, 2017 - 8:32pm
Together, We Will Rise Up
Gender equality has evolved a lot in the past years. However, this human right does not apply to all of the countries. Today, we can still noticed in several countries that women do not have the same rights or treatment as the men, which is problematic. Marching together to denounce this conflict could be a great way to send a message to the world.
Recently, President Donald Trump got elected to run a powerful country, the United States. Some Americans feel insulted, scared and even threatened by Trump due to his unhuman words and actions. He has publicly insulted women, immigrants, and many other people. Therefore, American women and other people around the world decided to march together on January 21st in Washington to send a clear message to the new president. This march is called “The Women’s March on Washington”. The fact that “humanism supports democracy and human rights” (IHEU Congress 2002) is an important humanistic value for The Women’s March on Washington because this event’s goal is to denounce women’s right and gender equality. They are human rights and they need to be respected. According to AHA News, this important event is sponsored by the American Humanist Association (AHA). It is not surprising that it is sponsored by the AHA because humanism’s goals is to develop as fully as possible every human being according to Amsterdam’s Declaration 2002. Together, they will make their voice heard and that’s the power of the march.
The Women’s March on Washington concerns the women’s right. However, why does it concern other people other than the women? Why do men participate in this protest? I think that this human right affect everyone including men because it does have a direct impact on men’s rights. It redefines the rights and responsibilities of men and women. Therefore, they participate in this protest because it affects them too. We tend to think that men represent masculinity, leadership, and head of the family that brings income home. Some men might feel pressured by this image that society gives us, so if they participate in the protest, it can bring gender equality. That is where we can see the change in men and women’s place in society.
This event has a significance for me. First, the past US elections’ result affect not only the United States, but also the whole world. I feel disgusted knowing that women are still not receiving the same treatment as the men. As a woman, I think it is important to stand for our rights because every human being should be equal. This story affects me because I truly think that we can change the world if we stand up together for our human rights.
To conclude, the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st 2017 is an important event because it sends out an important message: women’s rights are human rights. Together, we will rise up and make our voices heard!
Berman, Rachael. “Humanists Join Women’s March on Washington. AHA News, Humanist.com, January 13th 2017, https://thehumanist.com/news/aha_news/humanists-join-womens-march-washington . Access on February 3rd 2017.
IHEU. The Amsterdam Declaration 2002. 2002. http://iheu.org/humanism/the-amsterdam-declaration/ . Access on February 4th 2017.
“Mission & Vision”. Women’s March on Washington. https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/. Access on February 4th 2017.