Women of the world, this day is to celebrate us!
International women’s day is a global day to celebrate all the acts of courage by ordinary women who have played massive roles in contributing to a change in the history of gender equality. The theme for International Women’s Day of 2020 is “I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights and in conjunction with this, Malaysia has organised a Women’s Day March this coming Sunday, 8th of March 2020.
In conjunction with that theme, Women’s March Malaysia is also aligning the event with an outline of seven demands. The organiser and committees will be protesting against acts of violence on gender and sexual orientation, along with other common issues including – banning child marriage, ensuring the existence of women’s rights and freedom over our own body, equal pay and political participants amongst women.
Last year, the Women’s March received some backlash from the public, and the organizing community had a few words to say during their editorial release on the 18th of February. “We take this opportunity to strongly condemn the unethical news and media coverage of the Women’s March Malaysia 2019.” They futher wrote: “This led to privacy violations of march participants, targeted property damage, hate speech, and online harassment of individual participants, who had gathered, as we will this year, to peacefully share solidarity for women’s rights.”
Hence, the organising committee requested individuals who want to take photographs or videos of the march to be considerate about privacy regulations of participants, by blurring out faces or capturing photos without any faces of the participants.
If you are joining the march and are still concerned about health and privacy violations, here’s a guide of things you can prepare beforehand! If you have fear that someone might recognise you, wearing a facemask is also highly recommended. What more, its also a good preventive measure from the current Covid-19.
Will you be joining the Women’s March 2020? Let us know in the comment section below!
Header Image : Malay Mail