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Celebrities And Activists March Together For Womens Rights

Photo: South-South News/Shari Nijman

Content by: South South News

3 August 2013, New York USA | Connor Schratz -  Come rain, shine or snow, dozens of women braved the barren weather today to "March on March 8th, an initiative to celebrate International Women's Day, and take a stand against violence against women.

The march, led by Mrs. Ban Soon-Teak, wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Patron of UN Women for Peace, and international celebrities like Susan Sarandon, Christy Turlington, Michael Bolton and Kelly Rutherford served to call attention to the widespread violence against women.

"You are making history," Mrs. Ban said during the rally at the end of the march. "We are here to stop violence against women, and girls, and we are so honored to have many celebrities lending their spotlight to this cause."

Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon showed his support for his wife and International Women's Day by attending the rally. Earlier that day, Ban already issued a statement about the status of women in the world today, and the work that lays ahead to safeguard women's independence and safety.

"Look around at the women you are with. Think of those you cherish in your families and your communities, and understand that there is a statistical likelihood that many of them have suffered violence in their lifetime," Ban said in his message.

The many women - and several men - participating in the march walked the symbolic distance from the UN headquarters to a nearby park, where the activist pledge their commitment to the gathered crowd. The call to action coincided not only with International Women's Day, but also with the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which is currently taking place at the United Nations.

Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, women's rights activist and wife of former President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser told South South News that according to her there is no time like the present to address these women's issues. "Men and women alike have to be responsible to act now," she said. "We have to move. It's the 21st century. With the internet, now it is going to be a 'Women's Spring', instead of an Arab Spring."


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