Guam to hold Fanohge Famalao’an Women’s March

The Fanohge Famalao'an Women's March will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Women around the world are coming together to take a stand, dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity, and respect.

Here on island, community members are gearing up for the Fanohge Famalao’an Women’s March.

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Micronesia women are rising and are calling out to the community for help and support in joining the Fanohge Famalao’an Women’s March, and don’t forget to wear red, says march organizer Moneka De Oro.

“We are joining as a sister march to the global women’s march that’s happening all over the world that same day. But we are also doing a South American action with song and dance against violence against women and then we’re also bringing in indigenous women of Turtle island and their struggle. They’ve used the color red as a representation for the missing, murdered, and indigenous women who have also been suffering at the hands of the extractive industries,” De Oro said.

Michelle Voacolo, of Micronesia Climate Change Alliance, said the purpose of the march is to bring people together to stick up for women’s rights globally.

“I think in a lot of places in the world, women’s rights are being challenged. In the states, they were debating women’s reproductive rights. But I mean, we are standing on all women’s issues — gender inequality, unfair pay and another thing that we are raising awareness on is our planet and the destabilization of planet Earth and climate change and how that is impacting women and girls everywhere,” Voacolo said.

The women’s march will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting point will be at Paseo and the march to Alupang will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature a healing circle ceremony, singing, and dancing.

March organizer Bruna Patelli shares that the event will also feature an international anti-rape song and dance.

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“This movement started in Chile where they protest against political issue bias, gender, and violence against women and children. It started in Chile and became global. Every country now is participating in this march as moral support and empowerment for minorities and women,” Patelli said.

For more information on how you can get involved contact Micronesia Climate Change Alliance on Facebook.