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Women’s March on Washington Unveils Its Official Platform

Jan. 13, 2017

'We believe that Women's Rights are Human Rights'

The Women’s March on Washington released its official platform, making it clear that the movement will focus on intersectional feminism and reproductive rights.

The March organizers published a four-page document outlining the goals for the event, which will take place the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The official platform includes a plea for the passage of an Equal Rights Amendment, an end to police brutality, equal pay for equal work and open access to affordable birth control and abortion.

Earlier this week, some women said that they wouldn’t attend the March after they felt some attendees were “alienating” white women. But the March’s platform makes it clear that it intends to advocate for all. In addition to reproductive rights, the platform includes sections about the group’s “moral imperative” to end racial inequality in the criminal justice system and expand the rights of LGBTQ individuals.

“We believe Gender Justice is Racial Justice is Economic Justice,” the platform reads. “We must create a society in which women, in particular womenin particular Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, Muslim women, and queer and trans womenare free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.”

The platform was crafted by a variety of activists and leaders of community organizations. Gloria Steinem will serve as an honorary co-chair for the event, and while Planned Parenthood will help provide security and services.

“We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights,” the platform says. “This is the basic and original tenet from which all our values stem.”

[H/T Slate]