Thursday, March 8th
On March 8, in observance of International Women’s Day (#IWD2018), Planned Parenthood is proud to celebrate and lift up progressive movements led by women around the world — because while attacks on women may be global, so too is the #Resistance.
Over one year ago, on the heels of the largest day of protest in U.S. history and a truly global moment of solidarity on women’s rights, the newly inaugurated president resurrected and radically expanded the harmful global gag rule, a policy that puts politics between a patient and her provider. It’s no coincidence that the first casualties in the administration’s assault on human rights were women — or that women in Congress are leading the charge to end the global gag rule by championing the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act. Women in the U.S. and around the globe are leading movements to reject this and other attacks on women’s health and rights. They advocated for change in their neighborhoods, offices, governments, and society at large.
This International Women's Day, we celebrate every woman who has marched, demanded change from their elected officials, told their stories, and organized in their communities. We celebrate the brave women who first professed #MeToo, sharing their stories of sexual violence and sparking a movement that has since spread to China and India. We celebrate providers in Kenya who refuse to sign the global gag rule, and the advocates who have pushed for the liberalization of abortion laws in Chile. And hitting close to home, we celebrate the women in our lives who embody the very spirit of leadership, strength, and, indeed, resistance.