People from all around the island — young and old, men, women, and children — came together on Saturday in a united front against injustice not just against women but also mankind and Mother Nature.
The message was carried through the voices of over a hundred island residents who walked from Paseo to Alupang in the Fanohoge Famalao’an women’s march.
The event not only celebrated advancements in women’s rights but also highlighted how much more work is needed, says lawyer and women’s rights advocate Vanessa Williams.
“We still need to advocate for the rights that we feel are important — simple human rights that every person would want. The right to a clean and safe environment for ourselves and future generations, the right to determine our own destinies, the right to determine what happens to our own bodies and the right to live without fear,” Williams said.
Speaker Tina Muna Barnes also shared words showing her support for the women’s march calling for more power to women.
“I want to tell all you women, when a man tells you you can’t do it, say that’s okay. I’m going to do it one better for you with a lot of respect and a lot of heart and most importantly, loving and nurturing because it was our Sainas who taught us respect, who taught us that no matter what is said we take it in stride. We work harder and we do it with all the respect,” the Speaker said.