FIGHTING FOR OUR FUTURES: SheDecides Day, 2 March – a day of energy, anger and action

Posted by Maria Codina on January 25, 2018 at 10:28 am



She Decides are two simple words. Simple words, yes – and brave words. One year ago today, politicians stood up and spoke out against unjust policies by one government that threated to cause massive harm and death, attacking the rights of girls and women everywhere. SheDecides is now a rallying cry – two simple words that fight for the rights and futures of women and girls all over the world. SheDecides is your movement – it exists because of the power, passion and perseverance you have demonstrated over this past year. Our special anniversary newsletter calls on all Friends of SheDecides to take action, to push for the future we want to see.

 

The first ever SheDecides Day happens on 2 March 2018. SheDecidesDay is the perfect time to Stand Up and Speak Out. We have seen a great deal of progress this year. The ground is shifting, the narrative is changing – and we must continue to push, to inspire, to act, to grow the movement so all women and girls, every where can decide. Without question. We are calling on all Champions, Friends and Friends of Friends to Stand up, to Speak out, to Change the Rules, Unlock Resources and to take all the action needed to promote a ‘new normal’ where SheDecides – every day, everywhere. Resources and information to help you plan your events will available on the SheDecides website soon.

Already plans are forming for exciting events and gatherings in various locations around the globe: in Brussels, Delhi, Kolkota, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Mumbai, Pretoria, Senegal, Washington DC, New York. In India, the first ever national SheDecides movement will launch with events taking place across the country to mark SheDecides Week: 1 – 8 March. SheDecides Day is a time to Stand Up, Speak Out and take action. Champions and Friends will come together to challenge anyone and anything that denies women and girls the basic human rights to make decisions about their bodies, that are theirs, and theirs alone to make.

SheDecides Champions – led by Minister Motsoaledi from South Africa, and Minister Tornaes from Denmark, are hosting a flagship event for SheDecides Day in Pretoria, South Africa on 1 March 2018, with support from UNFPA. The two Governments are committed to expanding and deepening the reach of SheDecides movement in the East and Southern Africa region. And they are focusing especially on bringing together youth leaders and Parliamentarians to grow the energy for sustainable change. As a political movement, with community support, Champions want to be sure that in this region the change makers, voters and legislators of the future come on board with the SheDecides vision.

The day after the flagship event – on 2 March – there will be a closed meeting for theSheDecides Global Champions. This will be just the second time the Champions have met to talk strategy, and to agree how the movement is governed.  All Global Champions have been invited to this closed door discussion. Some Ministers, who are hosting SheDecidesevents elsewhere, will be represented by an official from their support teams. Any other Champions who cannot attend may send a representative to observe discussions.
SheDecides is your movement – it exists because of the power, passion and perseverance you have demonstrated over this past year. SheDecidesDay is an opportunity to highlight, leverage and catapult your activities to even greater heights to achieve further results for women and girls.

On 2 March 2017, at theSheDecides conference in Brussels, global leaders banded together to defend girls’ and women’s’ rights to decide what they do with their bodies – and their lives. One year on, we invite everyone to organise, and get involved in a multitude of events of different sizes and formats. These will take place all over the world – in parliaments, conference halls, student unions, art galleries, private homes. Wherever people gather to affirm their continued passion for – and commitment to uphold – these fundamental rights of girls and women to decide about their bodies.