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Zambian women march for LGBT rights as well as women’s rights

LGBT rights, women’s rights and other progressive causes were the focus of last weekend’s Women’s March 2020 in the Zambian capital.


From the African Human Rights Media Network


Women’s March 2020 in Lusaka, Zambia. (Photo courtesy of Global Platform Zambia)

More than a hundred people joined the march in Lusaka, which was organized in coordination with similar demonstrations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Central and South America and Australia.

Trans advocacy at the Women’s March 2020 in Lusaka, Zambia. (Photo courtesy of Global Platform Zambia)

Zambian march organizer Ann Holland said that this year “We are centering trans women, sex workers, refugee women and women living with disabilities. Our theme is ‘Leave No Woman Behind’ and we want to make sure of that.”

Among the feminist placards (“My Body My Choice”, “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Bleeding” and “Say No to Child Marriages”, for example) participants also marched for  trans awareness (“Genitals [do not equal] Gender” and “Trans Women Are Women at Birth and Beyond”).

March supporter Global Platform Zambia stated that the demonstration “was aimed at acknowledging … :

#RefugeeRights
#EnvironmentalJustice
#WorkersRights
#DisabilityRights
#LGBTRights
#ReproductiveRights
#EndViolenceAgainstWomen

 

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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