A Look at 2016's Female-Led Protests
In many ways, 2016 was the year of the woman. For the past 12 months, we’ve watched as an uprising of females have changed the political landscape of their countries, demanded change, and made it happen. Simply put: these women aren’t to be fucked with, and their refusal to accept the status quo has been a constant source of inspiration.
If you were looking for some motivation going into the new year, this is it. Peep the most stand-out movements below, and look for more in 2017 (if anything’s guaranteed, it’s their continued resistance). Ladies, we salute you!
Black Monday in Poland.
Poland’s strict new abortion ban sought to further diminish women’s reproductive rights in the country, and its women refused to go down without a fight, wearing all black for Black Monday as they marched to stand against the bill this October. It was a success: post-protest, the government all but reversed its proposal and the ban was rejected.
Icelandic women fight for pay equality.
Icelandic women are sick and tired of being paid, on average, 14-18% less than their male counterparts, and they let their government know—by leaving work early. Most people in Icelandic leadership today agree that a pay gap of any kind is unacceptable, and it follows that progress is hopefully just around the corner.
American women speak out post-election.
On the heels of the 2016 presidential election, Americans came out in droves to express their frustration and disappointment. One key component? #Our100, a coalition of women of color who are dedicated to protecting the American ideals of liberty and justice for all. Without this group—which includes the likes of Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter—many of these protests would not have had the same effect.
Ni una menos (not one less) in South America.
Coordinated marches in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Peru stood up to end violence against women in their countries. This movement has been growing since last May when a teenage girl was raped and murdered in Argentina; it’s both a tribute to her death and a demand for an end to the bloodshed.
Women Wage Peace in Israel and Palestine.
A group of 4,000 Israeli and Palestinian women weaved their way through Israel and the West Bank before stopping in front of President Netanyahu’s mansion to demand peace between the two factions. Here’s hoping their calls for reconciliation do not go unanswered.
Images via The Atlantic, NPR, Reuters, Frente Renovador, and The Times of Israel
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